Gartner warns time is running out for XP users

Those users still clinging to Windows XP putting off the decision to upgrade have been warned that with the operating system getting older and support options narrowing the move to Windows 7 has to be made soon. The warnings have been sounded by Gartner which is advising companies to start to plan

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Those users still clinging to Windows XP putting off the decision to upgrade have been warned that with the operating system getting older and support options narrowing the move to Windows 7 has to be made soon.

The warnings have been sounded by Gartner which is advising companies to start to plan for migration now for fear of being left in the lurch with an outdated OS.

The majority of customers, around 80% according to Gartner, took the decision to stick with XP and avoid moving to Vista but that decision is now proving to be one with a sell-by-date.

With Windows XP getting older and Windows 8 nowhere in sight, organisations need to be planning their migrations to Windows 7," said Michael Silver, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

Support for XP ends in April 2014 but Gartner is warning that compatibility issues will kick in by the end of 2012 as most developers start to phase out support for XP.

Gartner is advising customers to set a start date for migration now to at least start the process and to start introducing new PCs with Windows 7 into the mix.

Speaking to MicroScope recently, Stefan Prestele senior director of global marketing , which has launched an XP to 7 migration package, said that there were some fears that customers would potentially face compatibility issues and taking things slowly and running dual environments was one option.

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