74% of Enterprise PCs Are Still Running Win XP

Microsoft this week revealed that the vast majority of businesses are still running on Microsoft's nine-year-old OS, Windows XP. Speaking yesterday at the Windows Partner Conference, Corporate Vice President of Windows, Tammi Reller, admitted that nearly three quarters (74 percent) of business PCs are still running XP. Reller also revealed that, at 4.4 years, the average age of a business PC is the highest it's ever been.

Though business adoption has been slow, things should look up soon if a recent study by Dimensional Research is to be believed. Back in April the firm conducted a survey of nearly 1,000 IT professionals and found worries about upgrading to Windows 7 had decreased while worries about maintaining Windows XP had increased.

The survey found that 87 percent of respondents planned to deploy Windows 7. This is compared to 47 percent who had plans to deploy Vista at a comparable point after its release. Further, 46 percent of the total surveyed revealed they had plans to migrate even before the release of SP1. Dimensional Research said that, while 25 percent of people expressed concerns about Windows 7 performance, this is down from 47 percent last year.

Although 60 percent of the respondents were worried about the cost and overhead of migrating to Windows 7, that figure was down from 72 percent last year. Similarly, 40 percent of the respondents said that they're worried about the hassles of maintaining Windows XP as it gets older. This figure is up from 28 percent last year.

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  • jhansonxi
    There are major companies still using Windows 2000. Most IT departments are very conservative with software procurement and in the current economic climate don't expect major expenditures.

    IE6 must die but a lot of enterprises have reduced staff and don't have the developers available to retool badly-written legacy applications. Hopefully they learn from this and in the future follow proper HTML standards and avoid garbage like ActiveX.
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  • Anonymous
    I think 74% of businesses believe that there is no reason to upgrade when their license is fully operational. So far, there has been no compelling reason, for most businesses, to be an early adopter in the OS market. And, yes there is a lot of truth to the explorer software issue. Businesses will be herded into a new operating system when the market forces them to do so.
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  • iam2thecrowe
    this is no surprise. For a work place to update all their PC's to windows 7 may mean updating all hardware, peripherals and software, migrating data across to the new system etc. Put simply its a pain in the ass and will cost big $$. For most companies there is no reason to go to win7 until they stop supporting XP.
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  • deadly4u
    Where I work... we are upgrading our old ass infrastructure to another system that still has XP. The main reason is because 90% of the web applications DIE INSTANTLY or fail with certain components on anything higher than Internet Explorer 6. There are a TON of other XP Legacy programs too.

    Upgrading to Windows 7 would also exceed the capabilities of 40-50% of the equipment in use. It is also 100% incompatible with the Novell system we use.
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  • wotan31
    Of course it does. Because most enterprise applications don't work under Vista or Seven. The backwards compatibility is horrendous. It will be a looooong time before most enterprise customers abandon XP. Where I work, we're slowly phasing out all our Windows servers, in favor of more cost effective Linux and UNIX solutions. I imagine its only a matter of time before we start looking at doing the same with the desktops as well. Desktop Linux or OSX makes a LOT of sense when all your servers are running Linux or UNIX too...
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  • Judguh
    I know I can't have Windows 7 at my new job because of applications that I need will not work with the new OS *cough*Cisco*cough*.
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