A survey sponsored by CDW and conducted by Spiceworks has found that the majority of respondents — 76 per cent — still run Windows XP on some of their devices, despite the fact that the XP support cut-off date is fast approaching.
The survey was conducted in October 2013 and polled over 1,300 IT professionals across the globe. It found that most respondents favour a migration to Windows 7: 49 per cent said they plan on upgrading to Windows 7, while seven per cent said they will upgrade to Windows 8 or 8.1.
“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.”
Almost half of respondents said they plan on decommissioning XP devices entirely. Forty-eight per cent indicated that they would purchase new Windows 7-based machines and twelve per cent said they would purchase Windows 8 or 8.1 machines.
“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.”
A lack of budget, time, and resources were the main reasons respondents cited for their failure to migrate sooner, but most have already begun to either migrate or purchase new machines. The majority of respondents also said they were confident their migration plans would be successful.