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Almost Half of Orgs Have Not Migrated from Windows XP

Roughly 45 percent of organizations have not started migrations to Windows 7 or Windows 8, according to a recent blog post by U.K.-based independent software vendor AppSense.

Windows XP's "extended support" period ends on April 8, 2014, and with it will end Microsoft's security patches for the decade-old operating system. Besides the security risks, organizations that do not migrate from XP face paying for expensive custom support agreements with Microsoft -- about $200 per device.

Microsoft Gold Partner AppSense describes itself as a provider of user virtualization solutions, and claims that its software separates out policies, preferences, settings and rights into a user layer. User "persona" and data get moved without disrupting the user experience during the migration, according to company literature. The company lays claim to being "the sole exclusive Microsoft Desktop Enablement Partner for user personalization."

XP migrations are supported by AppSense's DesktopNow user virtualization software, as well as its DataNow tool, which facilitates the migration of distributed endpoints without requiring a virtual private network.

For other XP Migration needs, AppSense works with partners. For overall assessment of the computing environment in preparation for a migration, the company works with Centrix Software and Lakeside Software. For sorting out application compatibility issues, it partners with Flexera Software.

The company has a new portal page for those considering XP migrations. It includes links to a couple of white papers on why organizations should be alarmed about the impending end of XP. Also included is a Forrester Research study that quantifies the economics of using the AppSense Management Suite.


About the Author

Kurt Mackie is online news editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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Reader Comments

Tue, Apr 30, 2013

This reminds me of when Microsoft tried to "kill" NT 4.0 servers. In that case, Microsoft tried to push customers into upgrading to Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 by ending support for NT 4.0. Many of those NT 4.0 servers were converted - to Linux servers. There is a negative ROI for Windows 7 and Office 2010. There are some nice features that appeal to those who do very specialized work, but for most users, productivity is actually lowered. Windows 7 needs more memory (4-8 gigabytes), more storage (500 gig is typical), and faster CPUs (Core i5 or i7), to provide similar performance to Windows XP on a 1 Ghz Pentium with 1 Gb of RAM. With the proliferation of Linux and Unix based tablets such as Android and iPad, Open Source software is becoming a much more significant player in the marketplace. It's hard for Microsoft to claim that Linux is "too complicated for mere mortals" when hundreds of millions of Android, Kindle, and iOS users are using Linux on their cell phones, tablets, and e-readers. While Android tablets now tout resolutions of 1900x1080 or better, and iPads now offer double that, most retail PCs running Windows still offer 1300x700 resolution or lower. This wouldn't be so bad if Microsoft didn't eat up so many of those pixels with toolbars, ribbons, and other "decorations" - leaving the poor user with a very small window into their spreadsheet, word document, or power-point. When Microsoft cancels support for XP, they could end up slitting their own throats, pushing customers into upgrading to Linux, Android, iOS, or Mac instead of Windows.

Mon, Apr 29, 2013

I have to concur that this article is not up to standard in terms of real content. This was a PR piece for AppSense more than anything else.

Mon, Apr 29, 2013

Really? 3 sentences for the article, and the rest is an ad? What a waste of my reading...good thing my spam filter works. To the authors: Is this the best content you could find? Why not just drop it then if it's ads embedded after the 1st three sentences. Over time, articles like this are degraded as overall useless and readers, like me, stop reading and leverage spam filters.

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