Some experts have again reminded users of Microsoft Corp’s Windows XP enterprise to start planning migration to a newer operating system. That is because the software giant is set to stop providing extended support to the 15-year-old system on April 8, 2014. After that date, existing Windows XP users would cease receiving technical as well as security updates.
For quite some time, the company has been publicizing its plans to make the old OS obsolete. It has consistently and repeatedly warned users about the possible performance and security issues that may arise from the continuous use of Windows XP after its expiration date.
This move would affect numerous desktop users. According to information from NetMarketShare, up to 30% of desktop machines globally are still running on XP. In comparison, more than 46% of users are on Windows 7, while only about 8% are using Windows 8 PCs, close to a year after its release.
Putting greater pressure
Thus, Microsoft’s plans to end XP services may put major pressure not just on numerous individual users but also on many enterprises that are still using the software. According to most of those businesses that would be affected, it would not be that easy and fast to move to the more up-to-date system. That is because it may involve greater costs.
Many analysts advise businesses to make the migration to a newer OS a matter of importance and urgency. Usually, Microsoft highly recommends a transition period to a newer OS of about 18 months to 30 months. By that, it may mean that it could be too late for many businesses to start moving to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
They are concerned that many enterprises are yet to begin the upgrading process. After the end date posted by Microsoft, PCs running on XP may show unlikely signs of flaws in functions and security. Those analysts fear the remaining XP users may be subject to unnecessary vulnerability.
They added that there could be possible security and compatibility issues that may arise from the continued use of legacy systems like XP. Users may take some time to be familiar with the features and use of the newer OS. That is why they assert that businesses that still use XP should understand that migration to a newer OS would be a necessary measure towards security of valuable data.