Almost half of large organisations are still using the Windows 2000 operating system, four years after the release of Windows XP, according to a study from AssetMetrix Research Labs.
in the first quarter of this year, AssetMetrix found that 48% of corporate IT environments were running Windows 2000 desktop - only four percentage points less than in the fourth quarter of 2003.
Windows XP has risen in popularity from 6.6% to 38% during the same period. Windows 95 and Windows 98 have fallen from a collective 28% to less than 5%, and Windows NT has dropped from 13.5% to about 10%.
Microsoft Windows client product manager Janet Gibbons said the research “fits with what we’re seeing in terms of market trends. We do have a large installed base of people running Windows 2000, but in the
Steve O’Halloran, managing director of AssetMetrix, said, “Companies redeploying PCs, without a policy to manage and support their operating systems, will have their Windows XP transition rate dictated by PC obsolescence rather than by intelligent planning and forecasting."
AssetMetrix analysed over 150,000 Windows PCs in more than 200 corporations ranging in size from 20 to 54,000 employees.
Standard support for Windows 2000 runs out on 30 June, leaving businesses that run the Microsoft server product in particular with a choice between paying for extended support or upgrading.