For the past few years, I have been running a poll question about once a year asking TechRepublic members and Windows and Office Blog readers how much of their enterprise is currently running Microsoft Windows XP. I also ask what percentage is running Windows 7. The idea is to establish a trend of how fast IT professionals are migrating away from Windows XP now that it is nearing the end of its product life cycle.
I know, I know - "Windows XP still works and just because Microsoft deems it is time for a change doesn't mean we have to do what they say." Every time I run the poll, I get several of those arguments, but the fact remains that XP is on the way out - the writing is on the wall - it is inevitable.
According to a recent report from Dice, recruiting activity for Windows 7 pros is at an all-time high. That little tidbit indicates that we have seen, or will see soon, a measurable movement toward Windows 7 in the enterprise. So to test that theory, we revisit our poll questions. What is going out there - is your organization rolling out Windows 7 more now? Is Windows XP slowly but surely losing its hold?
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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.