Surveys. They are just facts and figures, usually from a small sample size, but boy they do provide valuable insights on how things are. And things could not be more interesting on the Windows XP front.
Users, at least some users, seem to be rather comfortable with the old operating system, and plan to stick with it beyond the end of support cutoff — security threats be damned. With April 8 almost here, a lot of computers could be exposed to attacks, pretty much at the turn of the hour.
But a new research shows that some users just do not care about the approaching end of support.
No less than 1,740 replies were tallied from users in the US, UK, Australia, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Denmark, and statistically, some 64.94 percent plan on staying with the aging OS.
In fact, 19.93 percent of Windows XP users revealed that they do not really care about end of support, while the remaining admitted to having varying degrees of worry.
And when it comes to destinations, 18.46 percent of the users surveyed are yet to decide. But 6.86 percent of them are willing to make the move to Windows 7, while only 2.71 percent see Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 as viable options.
The last thing we need are large scale exploitations of some Windows XP security vulnerabilities, but it will be interesting to see how these numbers change, say 3 months after end of support.
Oh it will be really interesting, indeed.