On March 25, 2011, I made a declarative statement and polled the TechRepublic membership to see how many agreed:
As I expected, there are still a large number of readers holding steadfastly to the idea that they can continue to use Microsoft Windows XP as the primary operating system for their business indefinitely. In fact, if you read through the subsequent discussion, you can see that there are more than a few readers who are downright hostile to the idea of dumping Windows XP.
While I applaud their determination and tenacity, it is the inevitable fact that eventually Windows XP will not be a feasible operating system for any business. The sooner the 29% of respondents answering the poll with "No, you are crazy, Windows XP forever" can come to grips with that fact, the better off they are going to be.
A simple majority of 53% has either already dumped Windows XP or are currently working on it. That leaves 18% realizing that something has to be done, but finding it difficult to bring it about.
Critical legacy applications and the cost to migrate to a newer operating system were the most often-cited legitimate reasons for staying with XP. Why are you staying with Windows XP? What is the factor tying you to that operating system? Do you have no other options?
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.