UK business are dragging their feet when it comes to migrating from the aging Windows XP operating system, according to research carried out by virtualisation giant VMware. The study claims that 94% of organisations have still not completely migrated their devices away from Windows XP.
Support for XP comes to an end on 8 April next year. This won’t surprise many resellers, many of whose clients tell them they are happy with XP and less than enamoured about the perceived complexity of Windows 8.
That said, 40% of survey respondents said they are planning a migration, or are already in the process, with either a partner or reseller. A further 34% of the IT decision makers said they were “extremely confident” that they would be fully migrated before the deadline, with 28% seeking more support from the channel community.
However, 35% were not even close to completing migration and a fifth are only partway through, with completion expected after Microsoft support ends.
Ed Dolman, head of channel, UK and Ireland, VMware, said: “While this research shows that many UK businesses have not completely migrated from Windows XP, it also demonstrates the value and continued relevance of the channel in helping organisations tackle IT challenges.”
In a further comment that won’t surprise the channel he continued: “Solution providers and VARs should continue to educate the market, sharing their expertise and developing new, long-term relationships with businesses, as they refresh their IT infrastructure to a fully supported platform.”
On 8 April 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security or technical updates or bug fixes for Windows XP. Desktops and laptops running on the operating system may be vulnerable to security threats, including hackers and viruses.
Of those businesses that had completed migration, the research among CIOs, IT directors and IT managers also showed that while 75% were able to complete their migration in less than a year, 25% took more than a year to migrate from Windows XP. Additionally, those survey respondents who are not expecting to migrate before the end-of-support deadline expected to spend an average of 17% of the IT budget running and managing Windows XP.