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Why Won't Windows XP Die?

posted 24 Dec 2014, 06:38 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 24 Mar 2015, 07:22 ]

Despite Microsoft's dropped support for Windows XP, a survey reveals over half of businesses still running the operating system. But why are companies so reluctant to leave?  

Windows XP is now 3 generations behind Microsoft's most recent operating system, Windows 8. XP lacks many common features you would expect in modern operating systems, is incompatible with many modern programs, and no longer receives any support from Microsoft itself. But, as a recent survey by Adaptiva reveals, many businesses are still attached to it.  

Among the reasons given for sticking with the old OS were concerns about security, application compatibility, and the time and cost of moving to a new system. But are these symptoms of a larger problem? Windows 8 has not been generally well received, so are companies waiting for the next big upgrade?  

What about the ever-popular Windows 7? Is it now too old to upgrade to, being a generation behind? Perhaps Microsoft has made the mistake of simply making XP too good. Clearly companies feel safe with it, being so strongly attached even now, and simply see no reason to upgrade until it's absolutely necessary.  

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