Staying on Windows XP to cost three times more than migrating to Windows 8: Study

InformationWeek, May 16, 2013

As per Microsoft commissioned IDC study, companies using Windows XP are prone to spend three times more if they don’t plan to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8

As per the latest study conducted by the research firm IDC, companies are prone to spend three times more if they don’t plan to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8. 

An estimate suggests that the cost of upgrading (assuming no enterprise license agreement and three-year amortization period) will be USD 95 vis-à-vis the cost of non-migrating which will be USD 300 per seat/user followed by almost a double the cost in the subsequent year, should they choose to opt for a custom support contract to stay on Windows XP post April 2014. The study also said that the non-migration cost is only the documentable cost as this does not include costs related to business loss due to security and data breach threats, productivity loss and other similar factors. 

Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP on April, 08, 2014 as it is three generations behind the current product technology. 

“Approx 50-60 percent installed PC base in the enterprises are still running Windows XP. This is an alarming situation as non-migration puts businesses at risk of security breaches and could potentially create a big dent to the company’s brand image” said Amrish Goyal, Director, Windows Business Group Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd. 

Companies like Bharti Airtel have seen savings of Rs. 2,000 per PC by moving from Windows XP to Windows 7, said Microsoft’s press release.  

The release said while putting together their plans for migrating off of Windows XP, organizations should categorize their desktop infrastructure into four broad categories, and work towards addressing the plan for each of these. 

Segment 1:

PCs that are currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8 - For this segment of the PCs/users, it is important to review the applications and devices that these users are accessing and ensure that these applications and devices are fully compliant with both Windows 7 and Windows 8. 

Segment 2: PCs that were shipped with Windows 7 but were downgraded to Windows XP - For this segment of the PCs/users, if the hardware supports Windows 7/Windows 8, then a detailed migration plan should be put together that addresses various important issues, including addressing potential application compatibility issues.

Segment 3:

PCs that do not have Windows 7 or Windows 8 compliant hardware- These machines were most probably bought during or before the release of Windows 7, and do not have the minimum hardware specs to run Windows 7/Windows 8. This segment of PCs/users should be considered for a hardware refresh (new PCs purchase) as the machines are already four years old or more. 

Segment 4: PCs that are already slated for refresh (based on PC refresh cycle of the organization) - This segment of PCs/users should proceed with the purchase plan as budgeted. The team that is overall in charge of the migration might want to sync the purchase and deployment plan with the other segments so that the team can benefit from the synergies. 

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