In almost 10 days, Microsoft will end the support for Windows XP. Windows 7, on the other hand, is the next best alternative to Windows XP - if thse companies want to stay on the safe side. Companies can still use Windows XP, but updates will no longer be released, leaving the operating system open to threats. Companies, on the other hand, are not showing any "sense of panic", according to Microsoft.
Microsoft has tried various methods to make organizations and firms switch from a decade old operating system to a better one. Earlier this month, they released an infographic explaining why there's a need to upgrade from Windows XP after its end of support. They even started a promotion, giving users $100 discount on a new Windows PC for ditching Windows XP.
However, it seems there still are millions of machines running the outdated Windows XP, with no worry about its end of support. David Rodger, commercial lead for the Windows Business Group at Microsoft UK, told V3, "We’re not seeing a stampede. Many organizations will have looked at this from a ‘T-minus’ perspective and are probably now seeing their plans come together. People have to deal with contingencies and the realities that brings.”
Some organizations on the other hand are looking for custom support to ensure they're not at risk, but Rodger believes it to be a short term solution. “We have had discussions with large organizations and that is one of the options, but it is a last-case option because it is not a long-term solution,” he said.
Instead, he advises firms to move on to a modern operating system, as companies have to spend a hefty amount of cash to upgrade the existing PCs as Windows XP ones may not support the requirements of Windows 8.1 or even Windows 7. “Windows 7 is a great operating system but for benefits around productivity, mobility, security and connectivity Windows 8.1 is the best by far. It also offers the ability to support touch for a mobile workforce but also brings best-in-class capabilities to support desktop environments.”
For those of you who still don't know, Windows XP's support will end on April 8th, meaning it will not receive any updates from Microsoft, putting the users at risk. So, it seems it's about time to let go of it. Are you using Windows XP or did you move on?