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Those sticking with XP warned of costs consequences

Simon Quicke
Microsoft has warned that those users that stick with Windows XP after support runs out face spiralling costs looking after a PC estate running its old operating system.

The vendor has commissioned IDC to produce a white paper to sum up the risks those that stick with XP face to prod some more thoughts among the user community about transition plans.

Support for Windows XP SP3 gets switched off in April 2014 and although the seems like a fair distance away it takes enterprises time to plan and transition strategies should be being formulated now.

"Or some segments of the industry, significantly less effort is being applied to formal migration initiatives, and Windows XP continues to be perceived as a solution that works sufficiently for existing needs, whether it is supported or not," states the Mitigating Risk: Why Sticking with Windows XP Is a Bad Idea white paper.

The upshot of the IDC conclusions are that costs for running older operating systems spirals and users are also exposed to greater levels of security threats.

"IDC's analysis shows that supporting older Windows XP installations, compared with a modern Windows 7-based solution, saddles organizations with a dramatically higher cost. Annual cost per PC per year for Windows XP is $870, while a comparable Windows 7 installation costs $168 per PC per year. That is an incremental $701 per PC per year for IT and end-user labor costs," it stated.

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