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Poll: Is cost, time, or something else preventing you from dropping Windows XP?

Windows XP is still the prominent operating system in many organizations and we would like to know why.

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Note: I tried to take this poll in July, but technical problems made a mess of things. This is a very important question for us to consider, so we will try again.

In late June 2013, I spent half of the night in the hospital emergency room with my father who had a minor fall in his bedroom. He is 91, which means that even minor falls are a significantly bigger deal than it would be for most of us.

While we waited for the various test results which would determine our next steps, I observed that the entire hospital was running on Microsoft Windows XP workstations. I wondered if the hospital had plans in place to migrate off of XP to Windows 7 in the near future. Surely, the hospital administration could not accept the potential extra liability that could occur if something went wrong with a patient and some hot shot attorney noticed they were using an unsupported operating system. (Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft in April 2014.)

Since tests in hospitals always take at least two hours to complete, I had time to further wonder what factors were keeping the hospital from performing a migration. Was it the time involved? Was it the cost? Was it a combination of the two? Perhaps it was something else that had not occurred to me.

Poll

So, I thought it would be beneficial to ask the membership of TechRepublic what factors they see as Windows XP migration blockers.

 

If your answer is other, please explain in the discussion thread following this article.

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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.

1 comments
rculver9056
rculver9056

You forgot 'Stupidity' as an option.

Come on - People have had years to sort this stuff out.

Anyone who works in a company's IT department who is complaining _now_ should be fired.