Originally Posted by Lareson
Apparently those 38.73% don't realize that XP will become a gaping security hole next year as Microsoft is finally dropping support for it. Probably they're mainly 3rd world countries, those folks who have been using the same computer for 8 years, large corporations, and those that are too stubborn to move on to a better OS that is Windows 7. I mean, heck, Vista only has a small fraction of the market share.
Funny how I see this comment on here once every month or so.
Microsoft is dropping consumer support for Windows XP. They will continue to provide corporate support for as long as enterprise class customers use it.
A) It has nothing to do with stubborness... Large corporations find XP to be perfectly acceptable especially given it runs better on older hardware and most large companies do not invest in cutting edge systems (no need for what we use them for) and have their own encryption, cloud backup and restore, as well as enterprise grade anti virus.
B) I assume that the US and Canada are 3rd world countries?
C) Many companies (Canadian and US banks for example, several of which I deal with) have had major conflicts when testing Win7 with their AR and database software systems (many of which are built on older Unix platforms). Windows 8 would likely be an even larger headache.
D) Finally it is also about cost. As an example, a bank I deal with that has it's head office in Canada has over 30,000 Windows XP licenses at both head office and branch level. One of their senior IT guys indicated that their assessment was that it would cost around $15,000,000 to move to Win7 (and this does not include downtime, software incompatibility issues, hardware upgrades, etc). Strictly software cost and labor.