Windows XP

How many companies would still be using Windows XP if Microsoft had continued providing support and security patches for it? A large proportion of them I reckon, especially if they weren’t in the market for a hardware refresh.

Windows XP was deemed by many as the best operating system for business users and the take up was slow to adopt later versions of Windows as a consequence. Many IT departments had the opinion that XP did what they needed so why incur the costs, and potential upgrade issues, associated with change? They just didn’t bother unless a newer O/S was shipped with new hardware, and even then it was common to use downgrade rights to revert to XP as the operating system of choice.

Windows Vista didn’t help the situation as XP’s successor as, to put it kindly, it wasn’t one of Microsoft’s greatest achievements. So, when Windows 7 came out, larger companies were still smarting from the Vista experience and were slow to adopt it straight away. Having said that, most IT departments soon realised that Windows 7 was actually a good O/S and it integrated well alongside older machines running XP resulting in many running mixed estates.

Then came Windows 8 which was met with mixed reactions and a feeling that it was better suited to touchscreen devices and social use rather than for business. Having no start menu and with the emphasis taken away from the traditional desktop it left many scratching their heads trying to find new ways to do old tasks. Now with Windows 10, anyone who is familiar with XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 will be able to get up to speed pretty quickly with it. XP may be gone but the good old start menu and desktop live on.

If you are one of those companies still clinging on to XP then it is definitely time to take the leap and finally upgrade your estate. Did you know Polymorph can help you out with that if you need a hand?