So the big news, ladies and gentlemen, is that Microsoft will release the final public patch for Windows XP in just around a week from today. The classic operating system will then be retired April 8, 2014.
And although everyone in the industry has been quite vocal about it, it is almost a given that XP will still be used by a large percentage of users once support is cut off — the newest figures for the month of March from market research firm Net Application show that the old OS is still installed on countless PCs.
But for the sake of reporting, let’s just say that 27.69 percent of computers connected to the Internet are currently powered by Windows XP, an operating system that launched some 12 years back.
And now a new research conducted by a British software firm by the name of AppSense, reveals that 77 percent of businesses in the UK will stick to Windows XP beyond retirement.
Here is what Simon Townsend, chief technologist of AppSense has to say on this:
“It might be the case that an XP machine is running a print server, or some other application which is not entirely obvious. The reality is though, that one machine could potentially put an entire network at risk and without adequate protection it could be a step into the unknown for U.K. businesses.”
Risks, I am sure, have been very adequately outlined for this approach.
Anyway, an additional 68 percent of these have no intention of purchasing extended support from Microsoft. Which again, is understandable, considering the high costs of such a strategy.
The only positive here is that a healthy 84 percent of the respondents confirmed their plans of moving from XP to a newer operating system by the end of the year. Obviously this begs the question why they could not plan the upgrade before the retirement, but there you have it.