“The data clearly illustrates how prevalent Windows XP remains 12 years after its initial release,” said Kathryn Pribish, program manager, Voice of IT, Spiceworks. “The next four months will be a busy time for the majority of IT professionals migrating XP-based systems and for the vendors who can provide professional services and support for resource-strained IT departments.”
The survey, which was conducted in October 2013 and polled over 1,300 IT professionals from a variety of industries across the globe, also found that respondents favoured a migration to Windows 7. Forty-nine per cent of respondents said they plan to upgrade to Windows 7, with seven per cent saying they will upgrade to Windows 8 or 8.1.
A number of them plan to decommission XP devices entirely – 48 per cent of respondents said they would purchase new Windows 7-based computers; 12 per cent said they would purchase Windows 8 or 8.1 machines.
Respondents cited lack of budget, time, and resources as reasons for not yet migrating to Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, but 68 per cent of them have already begun the upgrade process and 59 per cent have started purchasing entirely new machines. The majority of respondents were confident that their migration plans would be successful.
“Organizations currently maintaining PCs on Windows XP need to understand that they will put their networks and data at high and increasing risk if they continue to use it after Microsoft discontinues support in April,” said Scott DeTota, senior director, product and partner management, CDW. “Upgrading to a more current version of Windows, though, also brings the benefit of newer, more powerful functionalities as well as improved security and productivity. CDW is prepared to help our customers work through the decisions they need to make and help them capture the benefits of upgrading their systems.”
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