It's late June 2013, and I just spent half of the night in the hospital emergency room with my father who had a minor fall in his bedroom. He is 90, which means that 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 would 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 after April 8, 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.
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 factors, please explain in the discussion thread following this article.
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.