As XP dies out, companies migrate to Windows 7 rather than 8
Man, Windows 8 just can’t seem to catch a break. As a so-called ‘XPocalypse’ is expected to hit the market in a few months’ time, companies are already beginning to make the transition to a newer version of the Microsoft operating system. In April of 2014, the last patch for Windows XP is supposed to be published, effectively rendering Win XP obsolete.
Machines that continue to run on XP aren’t going to be receiving any additional security upgrades, which will certainly make them a much more potent target for malware and hack attacks. In such an environment, most businesses are going to be compelled to update to a newer version of Windows, even if most of them currently seem to be completely satisfied with running their operations on the XP platform. In fact, Windows XP is still the undisputed champion among PC-based operating systems, leaving both Mac OS and Microsoft’s own other available systems far behind.
So what’s the bad news? Well, the operating system that millions of companies are updating to isn’t going to be Windows 8, nor the 8.1 update, Microsoft’s latest contender in the OS arena. Instead, enterprises are massively migrating to the older, yet more trustworthy Windows 7.
To be fair to Microsoft, this can’t be entirely put on the Windows 8 and its flaky user reception: it’s a common practice for businesses not to implement a new operating system before it has been made available for at least a solid year, while many are known to wait for two years or more before making the switch.
Since Windows 8 was announced back in October of 2012, this kind of corporate behavior was to be somewhat expected. Still, how unconfident the business world feels about the latest Windows can’t be understated, making it very difficult to envision a worldwide migration to Win 8 at any point in the future really. Unless, of course, Microsoft pulls another ‘OSpocalypse’ out of its sleeve, forcing companies to embrace its latest operating system once again.
Microsoft itself doesn’t seem to be too worried about this, even though it recently made quite an extensive case, trying to make businesses excited about Windows 8.1. Still, in response to the XP-to-7 migration, the company announced that it is going to continue to provide guidance for businesses making this transition, encouraging Win 8 integration primarily in targeted scenarios, for example, where workers have to be extremely mobile. After all, Microsoft gets to keep the revenue either way, so it doesn’t really matter if the business world shows no intention of interacting with its latest OS, right? Right?