While Microsoft is hoping that its Windows 8.1 update will entice users to its latest operating system, there are millions of people all over the world happily using a version of Windows that is 12 years old.
Windows XP is the operating system that refuses to die. Despite numerous upgrades to Windows and pleas from Microsoft for users to move off the platform, countless devices around the world are still using this trusty operating system.
The reasons for its popularity are many, as numerous V3 readers have proved with their declarations of love for the aging platform, even if support for XP is due to end in less than six months.
No matter how much Microsoft would like its Windows 8 platform to grow, XP will be around for a little while yet, for the reasons outlined in this week’s top 10.
10. The recession put migrations on hold
The recession that has gripped the world since 2008 caused many projects to be put on the back burner, and plans to migrate away from Windows XP are likely to be some of those that suffered.
Around that time – with XP in its seventh year – businesses may well have been thinking that the time was right to start preparing for the move to Windows 7. However, when the number bods came a-knocking and asked if it really necessary to migrate, they probably went away satisfied they’d saved another few bob for the company.
Fast-forward five years, though, and that cost saving means firms are now still on XP. If it still worked for all those years since the last planned upgrade, why move now?
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