April 8th 2014. Put that date in your diary as it is the date all support for Windows XP ends. You must be thinking “so what consumers and businesses will have upgraded to either Windows 7 or 8 by then surely”. Or will they?
Current statistics show that Windows XP is currently the second most used operating system on the planet with 37.17% share. Yes its share is dropping month on month but at the current rate it could still be the second or third most used operating system when support ends next year (depends on if Windows 8 finally starts making inroads). So why is that?
In most peoples minds XP “just works”. They have become so used to it that they don’t want to upgrade unless their hardware dies and they have no choice. I regularly see PC’s with XP installed which are 6-8 years old which the customer would rather clean up and keep working rather than upgrade to a new one and lose XP.
In the business environment things are much different. Here applications have been written specifically for XP and businesses are very loathe to upgrade and possibly lose them. At present Windows 8 is no goer for a lot of businesses so Windows 7 is their only upgrade option. Even though they have an upgrade option a lot of businesses will still turn to running Windows XP inside virtual machines just to keep their old software running.
A lot of this problem is down to Microsoft themselves. When Vista turned out to be a complete disaster they extended Windows XP’s lifecycle to counteract the possibly of consumers and businesses turning to OS X and Linux. It worked but it also had the side effect of making people reluctant to upgrade when Windows 7 came out. If Microsoft has any sense it wont make them same mistake with Windows 8 (even if it turns out to be a dog like Vista).
About the Author
Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.
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