Tuesday 6 November 2012

Why keeping Windows XP is a Bad Idea

IDC has recently released a pretty good white paper on the perils and pitfalls of sticking with Windows XP (and therefore not migrating to Windows 7 

IDC has outlined a number of concerns with not migrating to later operating systems including the following;
  • New PC capabilities that are not exploited by Windows XP.
  • The approaching end of Windows XP SP3 extended support on April 8, 2014.
  • Lower operational costs
  • Soft benefits (i.e. Consumerization of IT - and the limited support under Windows XP)
  • Compliance issues (No patches after Windows XP support terminates)

Here is a great diagram referenced form the IDC white-paper which outlines the increasing cost for keeping Windows XP.

What we can see from this graph is that the costs for maintaining an operating system gradually increases. This kind of makes sense as we all have felt the gradual decline in speed/performance from our machines as they age and with the added detritus of legacy applications 

If I was a salesman, I would be toting the above diagram on the back of my business card. Some pretty incredible improvements here. That said, after a closer look, Windows 7 take apparently ZERO time to re-image... Not quite sure of that one...

You can read more about this white paper in the following link to Microsoft website which is currently hosting the IDC white-paper.

Mitigating Risk: Why Sticking with Windows XP is a Bad Idea (IDC White Paper)

1 comment:

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