Over the past two years or so, I have polled TechRepublic members reading the Microsoft Windows Blog about Windows XP. And each poll result has basically told the same story: Windows XP works, and IT pros responsible for maintaining enterprise systems are in no big hurry to phase it out for Windows 7 or any other operating system you can name.
If you look at the results of the two poll questions I posed last month, you can see the sentiment remains the same. Windows XP is slowly being phased out as new PCs are deployed, but the migration is still far from complete. Comments in the discussion forums reveal many stalwarts who have no intention of moving off Windows XP, even if Microsoft discontinues support.
But there is another angle that interests me. When Microsoft released its latest quarterly financial results, it stated quite clearly that Windows 7 was selling very well and the company was earning tons of revenue from the process. The poll results indicate that Microsoft can count on a long cash cow from Windows 7 and, eventually, Windows 8 migration, because there are apparently plenty of OS migrations yet to take place.
Are you surprised by the poll results showing so many Windows XP installations still in place?
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.