Microsoft has been hard at work convincing the Windows XP user base to move away from the old operating system ahead of its scheduled retirement date of April 8, 2014.
The business and enterprise sector in particular is what Redmond seems to be focusing on.
While a lot of businesses have seemingly outlined their plans to migrate from the vintage OS to a newer platform like Windows 7 or Windows 8, a lot of end users still seem to be stuck on Windows XP. The statistics do not seem to reflect the urgency that Redmond, would have hoped to see.
Online statistics are another thing, but even the ground realities are stacked against the software titan.
According to a Microsoft Gold Partner that provides virtualization solutions, AppSense, no less than 45 percent of the organizations are still running Windows XP.
And this is while the Redmond-based software titan has made it very clear that sticking to the almost 12-year-old operating system is flirting with danger — in the sense that it puts their data at risk of cybercriminal attacks.
Microsoft has on more than one occasion announced that it will stop providing workstations running Windows XP patches and security updates after April 8 next year, and everybody should move to either Windows 7 or Windows 8 as soon as possible.
At this point in time, even with less than a year remaining, Windows XP is the second most popular operating system in the world. The latest Net Applications data reveals that the old OS still finds itself on 38 percent of the connected computers the world over.