Microsoft, in its conference call with analysts, revealed that a large portion of users have already started their migration process from Windows XP to a newer version of the operating system.
The company has already kicked off its campaign to convince business users to upgrade.
Peter Klein, chief financial officer, Microsoft, shared the news that there are signs that Windows XP transition could be completed before mid-2014. According to him:
“Well, the one thing I would say is not only over 60% of Windows 7, but about 90% have expressed, they have a plan to do that and so I expect to see sort of steady drumbeat between now and end-of-life for XP support in April 2014 for that to continue because the incentive is there and the express desire to do that has been expressed by our customers, so I would expect to see that continue over the next year, year-and-a-quarter.”
There is a long way to go still, as the 11-year old operating system remains installed on millions of computers worldwide. According to the latest figures by Net Applications, Windows XP remains the second most popular choice with around 38.71 percent.
And figures like these could take quite some time to drop down.
Microsoft for its part has already pulled out a date — April 8, 2014 — when it will be ending extended support for the operating system. Mainstream support for Windows XP already ended on April 14, 2009.