On January 28, 2011, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog this poll question:
The question was part of a follow-up to my suggestion that it is time for business users to dump Microsoft Windows XP. Part of the argument is that IT professionals will, and have been, supporting more than one operating system. Clinging to an aging operating system that will not be supported in the not-too-distant future is just plain bad planning. With all the other operating systems you have to support, why add one that is on its last hurrah?
As you might expect, 84% of the poll respondents are supporting more than one operating system. Close to 20% are supporting five or more systems on their networks. Obviously, there are some very busy IT pros out there. How many hours per week do you work these days? Is the amount more or less than you were working two years ago?
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.