It’s now over two years since Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP, yet organisations of all shapes and sizes continue to use the platform.
Only this week it was revealed that a staggering 27,000 Metropolitan Police Service machines still run XP, despite the force actively trying to move off the operating system.
Moreover, data from Netmarketshare shows that XP still has a 10 per cent share of the desktop operating system market. This is crazy for an OS that was launched in October 2001.
But why is it so hard to move? And why is XP so popular? V3 has put its thinking cap on and come up with seven reasons why Windows XP refuses to go away.
7. Cost of upgrading
The most obvious reason is the cost of upgrading. It’s one thing to look over your IT estate and say, yes, you really need to move off XP, but then you start adding up the costs:
- New devices,
- New licences
- Migration consultants
- Business downtime
How many businesses will, when totting this all up, have thought: hmm, maybe next quarter, and then the next and the next. Certainly it must be tempting to delay that five- or six-figure migration plan when the devices all seem to work fine.
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