In April 2012 Microsoft released a statement in which the tech firm told organizations that if they have not yet began migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 they should begin immediately or soon lose support for the 13 year old operating system.
In a rather frank statement Microsoft told customers that if they had not started”the migration to a modern PC, you are late.”
Microsoft will completely abandon Windows XP in April 2014 even though 42 percent of Windows’ non-home installed base continues to operating using the Windows XP system. Microsoft predicts that 11 percent of Windows users will still be running Windows XP when security patches stop in 2014.
Windows XP will finally be completely orphaned by Microsoft with no further support or patches in April 2014, nearly 13 years after it launched.
According to the report, 42 percent of Windows’ non-home installed base continues remains on Windows XP. If current migration trends continue, 11 percent of all Windows users will still be running XP when the security patches stop in 2014.
In a white paper published on the official Microsoft blog the company points to a three-year hardware lifetime while pointing out that information technology workers’ time and worker productivity costs jump by 25 and 23 percent respectively in year four. When technology reaches year five those costs increase by 29 percent for IT and 40 percent for worker costs. One of the biggest costs appears to be support time losses since workers are typically supporting users with older, slower computers compared to Windows 7 PCs.
In the meantime the new upgrade requirement will cost IT teams as they may need to create new compatible software for badge printers, industrial controllers or security hardware.