The end of Windows XP support: Concerns and upgrade plans (TechRepublic Premium)


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Microsoft support for Windows XP officially expires in April 2014. Tech Pro Research did an online survey of 641 respondents to find out the future plans of organizations that use Windows XP. The survey sought to uncover what is driving the decision to stick with Windows XP, if that is the case. Or, if they’re moving away from Windows XP, what operating system will they be using next?

It was a bit startling to find that 37 percent of respondents do intend to continue using the venerable OS despite the fact that Microsoft will no longer develop security patches or updates for it. Windows XP has maintained a dominant share of the desktop OS segment for more than a decade. Windows 7 is now the leading OS, and the use of Windows XP has been declining during the past year, but according to data from Net Applications it still makes up almost a third of the desktop OS market, and has nearly three times the market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined.

The results of the survey in terms of the mix of desktops vs. laptops and other form factors, and what organizations plan to purchase as they migrate from Windows XP to a new OS are surprising, and don’t reflect the prevailing perception that desktop PCs are a dying breed.

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