Microsoft plans to discontinue support for Windows XP in 2014, some 13 years after the operating system first launched. One might assume that most users will have moved on by then, but plenty of businesses will still be running the OS according to the results of a survey conducted by Dimensional Research. The group polled nearly 1000 IT professionals, and 48% of them plan to keep using XP after its support period expires.
Interestingly, the cost of upgrading doesn’t appear to be a factor. According to Dimensional Research, "IT simply thinks [XP]’s a great OS, one that’s still working for them." Small and large businesses alike are reportedly intent on staying with XP, as well.
I’m all for sticking with what works, and Windows XP certainly does. The same goes for older versions of Office that lack the much-reviled ribbon interface introduced with Office 2007. However, I wonder if the same IT pros surveyed will still be reluctant to upgrade to Windows 7 in a few years’ time—provided, of course, that Win7 continues to prove itself as the best Microsoft OS since XP.