Many businesses are planning to stick with Windows XP until Microsoft’s upcoming operating system, Windows 8, is released. But some experts are warning that’s a dangerous tactic.
The reason: Support for XP may run out before most businesses are able to migrate to Windows 8.
The problem with trying to skip Windows 7 was recently described by tech research firm Gartner: While no release date for Windows 8 has been officially announced, analysts’ best guess now is that the OS will be available around the middle of the year in 2012.
Gartner estimates it will take organizations nine to 18 months to plan Windows 8 deployments and for software vendors to test supported applications — that means most businesses probably won’t be able to start the often lengthy upgrade process before the end of 2013. And with support for XP ending in April 2014, that’s cutting things pretty close.
As a result, Gartner recommends businesses continue with their plans to migrate to Windows 7, rather than wait for Windows 8.
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