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New Poll: What percentage of your enterprise is running Windows XP?

We ask this poll question about twice a year to see how much, if any, Windows XP migration has taken place.

More or less twice a year for the past three years, we have been asking TechRepublic members a very simple but important question:

What percentage of your enterprise is running Windows XP?

We ask this question, and a few others, in an effort to assess the current state of Windows use in enterprises as reported by IT professionals. The trend confirmed in October 2012, as you might suspect, is that Windows XP is slowly by surely being replaced by Windows 7.

But now it is March 2013 and Windows 8 has entered the picture, so it is time to re-poll the IT professionals of TechRepublic.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

26 comments
USBPort1
USBPort1

We were in the process of looking at new PCs with Windows 7 for the whole company, but sequestration put a stop to that. Guess we're now stuck with XP for the foreseeable future unless a PC goes completely down. We currently have 3 PCs with 7 and it is far better than XP. Our industry, boat and ship repair, had been in a slump for several years until last year. It was making a come back and we were busy again until this stupid sequester. Would bet most companies who deal with the government were similarly affected. Hope the next Windows is better than 8 since it will probably be that long before we can start looking at new PCs again.

james.vandamme
james.vandamme

...where you ask "How many of you are migrating to Linux?" Because I want to check off "Already have".

hometoy
hometoy

We have a number of people on Windows 7, some like myself running Windows XP (at the very least for support purposes) but more and more will be moving to our Windows Server 2008 with thin clients. One advantage of this is that our thin client sessions are the same exact session when we work remotely via Citrix.

wrex
wrex

We're not that big so only running 7 computers. 1 win 7 pro 64 bit (which I think is the best), 5 Win XP & 1 Win 8 pro. Why is it that Microsoft comes comes up with a great OS (Win 98 . . . then crap; Win XP . . . then more crap: . . . Win 7 . . . then again more crap). Do I see a pattern here?? The Win 7 does most of our work then the XP machines. The win 8 Machine is a joke. I could go on for an hour talking about that, but everybody I talk to already knows this. As soon as Win 7's price drops (yeah right. It's been $139 since it came out), I'll change the XP machines over to Win 7. In my opinion, Win 8 will never be a major OS. Just sayin. . . .

jeffholden
jeffholden

In my neck of the woods,the Internet connections are rather 'flaky' and generally slow. There is no way I could rely on cloud based software applications but Microsoft's pricing structure is now clearly designed to force users along that route. So I guess I'll just stick with Windows 7 ...and hope MS sees sense buy the time Windows 9 is due.

tom.levesque@pennichuck.
tom.levesque@pennichuck.

Good guess! It's possible to right-click on a touch screen, but very difficult and awkward. It's not at all intuitive. It's several steps backwards from the ease of using a mouse.

rasmus.borup.hansen
rasmus.borup.hansen

Our enterprise is 100% Mac OS X on clients and 100% Linux on the servers. Options for this seem to be missing. I've previously worked in mostly Linux and mostly Windows enterprises, and both are much more troublesome and require more it staff. I guess that an unspoken reason for using MS is fear of having the it department reduced to half!

brian
brian

...It's called Windows 8 Enterprise :-). We're just over halfway through a migration to Windows 7 Enterprise. Completiion is delayed primarily due to lack of resources. At the moment we're test-driving Windows 8 Enterprise. Very little negative feedback so far. Incompatibility with IE10 and SAP/SRM will prevent production rollout, at least for the moment.

gordon_beith
gordon_beith

With Windows 7 demonstrated record, and the types of issues XP had as well as no real ongoing support for it, I don't know why anyone or organization would not upgrade to Windows 7. Biggest problem with Windows 8 is that it has a whole new user interface and experience, which whilst it may meet Apple user type needs, Engineering types may not be so happy with it.

griff.computerservices@ve
griff.computerservices@ve

We have no plans (at least not in the foreseeable future) to upgrade to Windows 8. After spending much time fine-tuning and stabilizing Windows 7, it would be more than foolish to start undertaking that laborious process again. At the moment everyone is satisfied with what we have. Windows 8, at the moment, is still in its infancy and as the saying goes, "if it ain't broke..."

eharris
eharris

For once, it would be nice if Microsoft developed an "out of the box" OS designed specifically for businesses. I know that we can tweak everything with a GPO, but it just seems that every other version "might" be a suitable candidate for working in an business environment. Win8 - No Win7 - Yes Win Vista - No Win XP - Yes. Do you see the pattern...

simonschilder
simonschilder

on most of our systems, I wouldn't upgrade to 8 either. A touch screen solution for a traditional pc will never be a good solution. If your screen is on a stand directly in front of you (vertical) it will strain your shoulders pointing and clicking. If you have it in an angle on your desk you will strain your neck muscles (if you have to work several hours doing production work on your pc). But a mouse will work fine with the Metro style gui, it just takes a little while to get used to.

jdm12
jdm12

Our organization is moving to a predominately iPad environment, for better or worse.

Broadoakestates
Broadoakestates

Windows 7 & particularly favoring Windows 7 Pro for its ability to run xp mode is our choice of operating system and we see no reason to upgrade to Windows 8 in its current form. Microsoft seem more focused into moving over to an OS generating revenue from installed apps rather than their tradition role in mastering the desktop OS. I guess the feeling is consumers will exceed the revenue obtained by purchasing an initial OS licence by installing paid for apps like Apple & Android. Windows 8 may excel in the touchscreen arena, but we don't like sticky fingerprints over our monitor screens and I can see very little reason to migrate

APPIRITION
APPIRITION

Windows 7 works extremely well, is very stable and would be very difficult to move away from it. Not a particular fan of Windows 8. I think MS tried to hard to emulate Apple and Android and lost their identity. Sure there are some great new features, but the Metro App style is just too arty and fickle. Sorry MS, from my viewpoint you should take a relook at Win 7. You had a winning formula there.

simonschilder
simonschilder

Microsoft's support for Windows XP ends this year, and we need new pc's. Thus we are switching to Windows 8. We're reasonably satisfied with its performance, but I have to sat taht we are replacing the hard disk with a ssd drive. That sounds more simple than it is because of the UEFI boot and the fact that there are 5 (!) partitions on the original hard drive. The standard clonin software doesn't like that. Also we need to install a Windows 2012 server to integrate all Windows 8 Active directory group policies. But despite of al this, we still think it worth the trouble.

Rob C
Rob C

I would forbid any government (and any government sponsored) industry / organization from using MS OS's unless MS had a business version A historical example was 2000 / NT XP was a blended version but it was fine (actually terrific) as MS had not managed to stuff things yet. Then they started to get arrogant, and change things, probably thinking of the non business, and non IT literate customers, which they were trying to cater for in their blended versions. AH, if I were leader, they would wonder what hit them.

lastchip
lastchip

There was no option for none. I'm slowly migrating all my clients to Linux. Interestingly, a local school has just migrated to OpenSuSE lock stock and barrel - something I thought would never happen, as Microsoft (by comparison) practically gives licenses away to schools. Windows 8 plus their complex and expensive licensing throughout their product range, is finally coming home to roost, at least in some quarters.

gechurch
gechurch

Not to mention 1) how much more control you get with a mouse and 2) a lot of things require right-clicking. I don't use a touch screen so don't know. I'm guessing you can right-click, but it will never be as easy as it is with a mouse.

simonschilder
simonschilder

It's a pain in the posterior to downgrade an HP pro system to Windows 7. And W8 works great as well, the underlying os is a LOT like 7

gechurch
gechurch

FYI, you should be able to manage your GPOs by downloading RSAT for Windows 8. This will let you use any new GPOs introduced with 2012/Win8, even on a 2008 or 2003 server. The server itself won't understand the new GPOs so you can no longer use the server to manage group policy, but it will happily save and push out the GPOs.

Orlbuckeye76
Orlbuckeye76

of their OS's in the Pro , enterprise and Ultimate versions of Windows 7. They also have Pro and Enterprise in Windows 8. Those versions include more networking tools (which is what business needs). The User Interface is the least important part for business and applications that are supported is the biggest issue in business. Peoplesoft looks no different in XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8 so the OS isn't where the training budget is spent (except for IT). Windows 8 will allow IT more control over what the users can do. Adding new features to WIndows 8 has nothing to do with arrogance. MS is business ansd they see tablets sales skyrocketing. So they are trying to bring to the PC what people are buying. They released their own hardware for business to use as support devices. PC sales didnt begin to drop when Windows 8 was released they began to drop when Apple and Samsung started selling mobile devices .

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

and get Microsoft Software Assurance then you'll have access to of all things the "Enterprise" version which has been around since vista yup win Vista Enterprise win 7 Enterprise and now win 8 Enterprise

gechurch
gechurch

Genius! That's what the world needs - more governments trying to tell us what we can and can't do! I know I for one would be wrapped if my government told me I could no longer use the OS I run my entire business with because it isn't a 'business version'. How do you define a 'business version'? Yes, XP was the first time many home users jumped over from the 9x series to the NT core. So what? Microsoft didn't go stripping out 'business code' so that the OS could be used by home users! It's all the same code, it just gets added to. In fact, each time Microsoft start coding the next OS they start with the server line of the previous OS as the basis for their next OS. For example, when they wrote Vista they started with the Windows Server 2003 code base. Perhaps you are saying that the addition of home features stops Windows from being a 'business' OS? Care to back that up with an example? The line-of-business apps I use all continue to work fine, depite the fact that Freecell exists on this machine, or that the GPU is being used to render some translucent effects. And lastly, do you care to tell us which OS's are considered 'business versions' in your eyes? I'd be interested in seeing how many of my clients line-of-business applications work under that OS. I suspect your statement can be paraphrased as "If I were Leader of US or Euro I would tell 90% of businesses that they can no longer use any of the software that runs their business". And for this you get up-voted!

gechurch
gechurch

What trouble have you had downgrading to Windows 7? I do this a lot (I've got no interest in moving any of my clients to Windows 8... I agree that Windows 7 is a great OS). I've had some issues figuring out which UEFI settings I need to change in the BIOS but that was relatively minor. I can't recall too many other issues.