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Businesses on WinXP have options says Ovum

Companies slow in shifting from Windows XP, but options other than upgrades exist

Businesses on WinXP have options says Ovum
Companies should consider options to upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 says Ovum.

With less than one year to before Microsoft stops extended support for Windows XP, a large number of corporate users have yet to complete migration from the ageing operating system.

According to analyst company Ovum, 28% of corporate computers are still running XP, with 70% having switched to Windows 7. Betty Junod, the director of desktop product marketing at VMware told ComputerWorld that 64% of large enterprises and 52% of mid-market companies have yet to complete XP migration projects.

Ovum is suggesting that companies should consider their options for XP computers, instead of automatically going ahead with a Windows 7 upgrade.

Richard Edwards, principal analyst commented: "The cost of upgrading hundreds or thousands of desktop and laptop computers to a new operating is significant in terms of time and money, so organisations should consider how their IT budgets might be invested in more innovative projects. First of all, if we assume that Windows XP systems have the latest patches, fixes and up-to-date security software installed (and that Internet Explorer 6 has been replaced with a more modern web browser), then there is no reason to believe that life after 8th April 2014 will be any different than before it."

The analyst company has also suggested that companies who want to conserve IT budgets should consider switching to a virtualized desktop infrastructure, with virtual desktops and applications, which centralize control and cut administration costs.

Other options include switching Windows XP laptops to tablet devices on iOS or Android, which may be more appropriate for mobile workers than over-powered laptops; or consider switching to Google Chrome OS for environments where corporate IT users mainly use web-based applications.

Net Applications shows XP making up 38.7% of the overall desktop operating system market, both corporate and individual users, as of March 2013.

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