Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Windows XP still dominating the business world...

After all these years, Windows XP still dominates the business world. According to a recent article over at TechRepublic, 74% of work PCs still run XP, and they're roughly 4 years old. Now, to the average home-user that's probably shocking, if not jaw-dropping, but I don't find the news of XP dominating the business world to be shocking. In fact, it sounds just about right. XP is still a solid operating system for business (and home if you don't like eye-candy) use, it's ease-of-use functionality is very engaging to green bean users and average users alike.

Aside from the easy use of XP, wouldn't a business want to be using the latest technology? Well, that all depends. Windows XP is still compatible with today's software and Microsoft is still supporting Service Pack 3 for XP at the time of this writing so really one wouldn't be missing out on any new software. The only reason a company would need to update to Windows 7, and still not all of the workstations would need to upgrade, is if the company is a media-heavy/ art publishing company.

The main benefits of still using Windows XP

-A company can save money by staying with XP and choosing not to upgrade at the moment.

-XP is still compatible with legacy software (7's compatibility mode doesn't always work) that 7 can't run.

-Don't have to train users on Windows 7. This is a big benefit of staying with XP. Users, especially ones that don't like technology, don't like to take time out of their work-day to learn something new because often it's grueling and tiresome.

-Wait out the bugs.

I think those are the four main points for businesses staying with Windows XP right now. Migration to 7 or any new OS for that matter, just doesn't have many benefits to companies at this time. Many are probably thinking, "Well, Vista came and gone. XP still works." So, like I've thought, when it comes to business why fix something that isn't broke?

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