Analyst Believes Microsoft Could Be Forced To Delay Windows XP Retirement

Analyst Believes Microsoft Could Be Forced To Delay Windows XP Retirement

While most of the current talk is about the recently released Windows 8.1, and how the new operating system performs on the market, another version of Windows is a regular feature in news.

The ancient favorite, Windows XP is fast approaching its retirement date of April 8, 2014.

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And while Microsoft has delayed the support end date once in the past, there seems to be no signs that the software titan will postpone the retirement of Windows XP for the second time. Redmond has made it clear that it intends to stick with this cutoff date, whatever happens.

Businesses and organizations across the world, however, are starting to make the move to a newer version of Windows. It is a slow process — from initial planning to application testing and then the final upgrade. And this is without taking into account the (hardware and software) costs involved.

Anyway, Bill McCluggage, Ireland’s chief information officer, has a different view of things.

Talking to a local newspaper, the expert claims that Microsoft has no other option than to wait a bit longer before pulling the plug off the old operating system. In fact, it may be forced to do so.

And the reason, as expected, is simple — businesses need more time to upgrade from Windows XP to a newer platform. The transition is not only expensive, but also time consuming, as it requires additional training for employees.

While it is unreasonable to expect Microsoft to talk about delayed retirement now that the Windows XP user base finally seems to be moving ahead with the upgrade, the company would surely be keeping a very close eye on statistics as the retirement date looms near.

  • Studio384

    If bussinis need more time to move, then that’s their own fault, they have had 7 years time, Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 have been released since then. It’s announced years ahead that it will end in April 2014, how can they be forced?

  • Mike Greenway

    BS!

  • Ray C

    Seriously how much more time do you need? From the time Windows 7 came out, IT departments should have started testing Windows 7. Heck the first time some of your Windows XP boxes starting having warranties that expired and systems that needed to be replaced, someone should have thought “we need to look ahead to what we’re going to do next.” I’m interested in seeing the makeup and size of most of these groups who are having trouble upgrading. I’ve been a part of 3 Windows 7 transitions. Why aren’t these people able to make the move? To be honest, from what I’ve seen of people till on XP, only a minority of their systems even still require XP. Mostly people doing administrative or back-end work are the ones needing XP. Most client systems could be move the a new OS with no problem. Most of the people using older software are not the average employee at a business. They’re the people using old accounting or payroll software. They’re using some type of database-based utility. Client computers, which is basically what most employees use in a company, are mostly not running much software that requires an older OS and new OS wouldn’t keep them from accessing data. It will effect IT, administration, and other such groups more than anyone.

  • Fahad Ali

    I would imagine Microsoft will stick to the retirement date (as it also helps Windows 8.1 sales), but if cybercriminals start their nasty and relentlessness attacks at XP installations, then the company would in all probability be forced to continue making patches for another few months.

    But if not, then I see no reason for an OS this old to continue being supported.