Microsoft pulled the plug on one of its most popular operating system, effectively ending Windows XP support earlier this year. April 8, to be exact.

Needless to say, even with a high amount of early warnings, several organizations were caught off guard when it comes to upgrading their old computers to newer versions of Windows — many decided to purchase custom support from Microsoft.

The software titan promised to provide updates and security patches for Windows XP for another 12 months, which means by the end of next year, these users will be on their own.

But as shocking as it sounds, there are companies that have paid millions to Microsoft to keep their machines updated beyond the April 8 deadline, but they don’t look like they’ll be able to complete the migration to a newer version of by April 2015.

This report highlights a study conducted in the UK by virtualization technology provider Cirtix, which shows that 14% of the companies surveyed believe that they will not be able to complete their migration in time for the new deadline.

Meaning, Microsoft might have to extend this deal even further.

Local authorities have taken steps beyond extended Windows XP support, though, and have deployed additional security measures to make sure their machines stay safe, with or without patches.

This much is sure that with a market share north of 23%, it will take Windows XP years to completely disappear from computers worldwide.

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  • Mike Greenway

    “..its most popular operating system…” where is this coming from?