Migrations away from Windows XP slowed down by legacy applications

According to a poll conducted from a bunch of UK IT departments, 52 percent of them have yet to migrate to Windows 7 [or 8] and are currently using primarily Windows XP even though support dies for Windows XP in 14 months. Windows XP still accounts for 43% of enterprise desktop infrastructures in the UK.

Seems many know they are going to have problems, primarily with legacy applications that most likely do not work with the newer operating systems. 80% of the CIOs and IT directors surveyed say large volumes of unsupported apps represent a concern to them.

In the case of some, legacy applications are either too costly to switch over. The newer version may be quite expensive or there isn’t a new version and switching over to another developer may not be a good idea.

But you also have to look at it in a different way. Windows XP is 11+ years old. Software and hardware software for it will soon cease to continue. Companies will soon be notified that the version they use will be unsupported because the OS is dying [I’m sure Google will do that with their Chrome Browser].

Additionally [and here’s the big though], they had how many years to prepare to move over to something else? They knew the writing was on the wall years ago – even before Microsoft did decided to extend the life of Windows XP another 3 years or so.

If you know that your primary application isn’t supported with the newer operating systems, wouldn’t you start to make plans to migrate over to something that will. It is the cost of doing business.

I know of two well-known companies that were stuck at one point – forced to use Internet Explorer 6 because one of their applications was badly coded so it only worked with Internet Explorer 6. One was Intel [I can’t name the other in public].

Hypothetically, if a company decided to go to Windows 8 [not Windows 7], they wouldn’t have to worry about this again for almost 10 years [although hopefully before then to verify newer operating systems are compatible].


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