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Last November, Microsoft Corporation made the announcement that it will stop (service) support for its flagship professional operating system - Windows XP starting April 8. Given that there’s a large transactional IT infrastructure residing on Windows XP, the arrival of this event is of significance to both the IT and business managers.
Also, almost 65% of organisations still have a large portion of their PC base operating on Windows XP. So, what happens to customers who do not wish to migrate to other OS? Answers Amrish Goyal, Manager, Windows Business Group, Microsoft Corporation (India), “Nothing exactly happens to these organisations who refuse to migrate to another OS, they can continue to use it. They would just not get any updates or patches and will become more vulnerable. So the next time the PC using an outdated OS logs on to internet, the risk of getting a virus attack will be higher as compared to any other PC using a latest OS.”
The market till recently had adopted a mixed OS environment wherein enterprises used Windows XP the most, followed by Windows 7. Basically, almost all CIOs/ IT managers were well aware of the end of support by Microsoft toward Windows XP. Many of these organisations have started provisioning for the same by moving their mission-critical PCs onto the Windows 7 or Windows 8 platforms. However, IDC believes that a large number of enterprises have still not put a definite plan in action with stringent timelines for the migration or upgrade/replacement of their existing Windows XP systems. Based on data points gathered through multiple interactions with the enterprise market, IDC estimates that 50–60% of the installed base in the enterprise market is still running Windows XP, this is despite the fact that all PCs purchased in the past year have been shipped with Windows 7/Windows 8.
So, what next?
Microsoft had originally launched Windows XP in 2001, which was also its most successful operating system till date. Also after revamping security and ridding its web browser – Internet Explorer (IE) of bugs, the OS had evolved into a relatively stable platform with the Service Pack 2 release.
Now from XP the next most logical upgrade for companies would be Windows 8.1. Adds Goyal, “Windows 8.1 is not very different from Windows 7, rather its more efficient and modern. Basically, moving up from XP is the primary thing, and companies can do