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Is Microsoft Mismanaging XP?

Forbes columnist Jim Handy recently posted this great article and quoted statistics from Evolve IP’s Windows XP end-of-support survey.

“I can’t wrap my head around Microsoft’s plans to phase out Windows XP.

On April 8 Microsoft will end support for this operating system which is still very popular both for the home and for businesses.

On the surface this makes a lot of sense: The program is over twelve years old, and has undergone so many patches that it has most likely become very unwieldy to the programmers who maintain it. Plus, Microsoft would like to migrate XP users to newer operating systems so that it no longer needs to release applications that are XP-compatible.

The company can focus its resources on forward-looking products by pulling the plug on older ones.

But this ignores the fact that XP is still the second most popular PC operating system, trailing Windows 7 by only 18%. That 18% is more than the combined market share of the next four contenders, each of which has less than 7% share, including Mac OS X.

A recent survey by Evolve IP (a cloud services company) found that 77% of the 1,070 organizations polled said that they still use Windows XP…”

To read Jim’s entire article click here.

For more information about how virtual desktops can alleviate the headaches and ongoing costs of system upgrades click here.

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