Survey: Firms will keep XP after MS stops supporting it

Microsoft will officially stop supporting the popular Windows XP in 2014. But many IT departments aren’t ready to say goodbye just yet.

While businesses are much more fond of Windows 7 than they were of Vista, their previous upgrade option, they’re still split on whether they’ll move on to a new version of Windows before XP support ends, according to a recent survey conducted by Dimensional Research.

Just 47% of IT managers said they expected their companies to be running a new version of Windows after April of 2014, while 48% claimed they’ll still be using XP after the deadline passes.

That doesn’t mean they’ll stick with XP forever. Though the operating system is popular with IT, Diane Hagglund, a senior analyst at Dimensional, said most firms will likely update shortly after they stop getting security patches.

Also, Microsoft is likely to release another version of Windows before 2014, so that could change IT’s attitude as well.

How long do you plan on sticking with XP? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Don Dickerson

    We will be sticking with XP for a long time. Our applications will not run on Vista or Win 7. We only started moving to XP from Win2k 2 years ago. Microsoft needs to understand that we need a business OS, not a consumer OS, and it needs to be unchanging and stable for at least 20 years. The application that runs our company is 15 years old, and we will be on it for at least 10 more years. XP is not going away soon. We expect to MAYBE start moving to Windows 7 in about 4 years. If MS offers another OS, we will ignore it completely.

  • our entire database is on software that still isn’t compatible with Windows 7, so that is what solely drives our decision to stay with XP (we never in a million years intended to go to Vista as that would have required us to also purchase new printers & we were not going to do that!!!).

  • Lars

    Till they pry it from my cold dead fingers!!

  • Joe

    We migrated 1/3rd of our machines this year. The largest issues we had were printers (Windows 7 is absolutly brutal about using the wrong print drivers… DON’T use the wrong ones) and the image files are FAT with no easy to to trim it down.

    Other than that, it’s been relatively painless. Within the next 3 years, we expect to be entirely on Win 7.

  • Tony

    I agree with Don when he said “Microsoft needs to understand that we need a business OS, not a consumer OS”. XP is a relatively stable platform that all my software runs on. If I upgrade to any of the new OS’s my fax server software stops working. Since my fax servers are a sizable investment, I don’t intend to scrap them just because Microsoft feels the need to line it’s pockets again. Also, I have 91 older printers in my facility that I don’t intend to replace so I’m stuck here in XP land.

    Microsoft has lost touch with the business community. Their pricing and licensing is outrageous and in these tough economic times does not bring value to my IT shop. The fact that they are willing to force me to throw away the massive investment we’ve made with no real benefit to me speaks volumes.

    Our companies survive by being frugal and lean. We employ just enough staff to get the job done and they’re really busy. Everything we do reflects our owners “more for less” attitude. We are not going to toss our business technologies without a good reason and making more money for Microsoft is not a good one.

  • Bob T.

    windows xp was amazing when it first came out it blow away windows 95,98 and windows me. not so much windows NT nor windows 2000 they were for business not the consumer and were not for looks. but has Moore’s law gos every six months new tech knowledge comes about. i love windows xp but back when it first came out every one was against it the same with vista and seven. i feel that it is always best to be on the ball and up to date and that is hard with windows with them doping drives and support. i mostly use Linux for the Superior important thing i do for you can upgrade it in parts and most of the time they keep long time support for business. i have a few windows xp machines hanging around but most likely they will upgraded by the end of the month to Linux or windows 7 they are just more securer and stable and have less virus. and with linux i can use older equipment and with windows i can use newer software so i can be up to date and still have control. its said but its life

  • Carlos

    Someday all of you will be dragged into the 21st century, kicking and screaming all the way. When you get here, you will wonder why you resisted. Resistance is futile. Embrace reality.