Nine Essential Facts to Consider About Windows XP Migrations

By Michael Vizard

With Microsoft getting set to pull the free-support plug on Windows XP April 8, many of those who have yet to make the migration to Windows 7 or Windows 8 are hitting the panic button and turning to solution providers. To help define what's involved with the average Windows XP migration, Dell employed Dimensional Research to survey 427 IT professionals. Many customers making this last-minute migration will wind up purchasing new PCs, creating an opportunity for solution providers to resell those systems and provide the expertise to help move apps to a new platform. Migrating to Windows 7 or Windows 8 is not complex—just time-consuming. Research shows that Windows 7 is the platform of choice, but that a startling 47 percent of respondents are still in the process of migration. Additionally, 41 percent of the IT professionals Dell surveyed report that they have apps that don't work on Windows 7 or Windows 8. That means they may also be looking to replace many of those apps, creating yet another opportunity for channel companies. However, the survey suggests IT organizations are relying more on their own resources than external service providers.

This article was originally published on 2014-03-27
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.