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Windows XP User Base Is Declining as April Deadline Quickly Approaches

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At the beginning of 2013, nearly 35 percent of all enterprise users were still running Windows XP operating system. As of January 2014, this has dropped to just 15 percent according to Qualys of Redwood Shores, who predicts that come April less than 7 percent of enterprise users will be running Windows XP.

The massive movement to Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 is occurring as businesses and individuals prepare for the end of all Microsoft support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. After this deadline all users still running XP will be extremely vulnerable to malware attacks and cyber-thieves.

Who is still using Windows XP?

The number of people holding out on making the switch is higher among small business users. Many of these users may not even be aware of the changes taking place. Others are afraid of the cost involved to switch systems. It is important to note that on April 8th Windows XP machines will not shut down. They will continue working normally. It is the imminent security threats that follow the deadline that users should fear but some people feel that until forced to do so, they cannot justify the cost to migrate. Also many businesses have mission-critical software that only works on Windows XP and are worried about the cost of getting new applications.

The real problem with waiting is that migrating off Windows XP is inevitable and you should have a plan and start making the changes today. Analyzing your system, doing cost analysis, and planning for all the changes required is the only way to ease the transition. It can be a time consuming process and it is better to start now than wait until your system is down and your costs are even higher.

If your business is still struggling to plan your Windows XP migration, we can help! At Petronella Computers, we are experts at migrating companies from one operating system to another. We can help you weigh your options, compare costs, and develop a strategy for the upcoming years. Contact us for a free consultation, (919) 422-2607 or go to