Gartner advises businesses to phase out Windows XP by the end of 2012, as ISVs and application builders will be cutting off support for the operating system. Businesses upgrading to Windows 7 should begin planning and testing for the transition in 2010. More than 90 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold since its October 2009 debut.
Windows XP should be eliminated from office PCs by the end of 2012, research
company Gartner advised in a report, as ISVs and application builders will be
cutting off their support for the aging operating system. The report
recommended that organizations planning on a Windows 7 transition begin
planning and testing this year.
"In various Gartner polls and surveys, 80 percent of respondents report
skipping Windows Vista. With Windows XP getting older and Windows 8 nowhere in
sight, organizations need to be planning
their migrations to Windows 7,
" Gartner analyst Michael Silver said in
a June 2 statement. "Windows 7 has been getting positive reviews, and many
clients report that they have plans to start their production deployments, but
there are some that are still undecided about when to start and how quickly to
do the migration."
The timetable for a Windows 7 migration should take into account when ISVs
can begin providing the right level of support for a business's applications,
as well as the time needed to test applications, build images and launch a Windows
7 pilot program, Gartner said. Eliminating XP from an ecosystem is also a
"Taking the attrition approach will immediately identify the time scale
for the project," Gartner's report said. "Organizations should
consider their PC refresh rate and their target end date in order to determine
how many PCs can be moved to Windows 7 by attrition. However, based on the
typical PC refresh rate, many organizations will not be able to get Windows XP
out by their target end date by moving to Windows 7 by attrition alone."
Planning, testing and piloting Windows 7, Gartner estimated, will require
between 12 and 18 months for most organizations.
Days before Windows 7's official launch in October 2009, Gartner predicted
in an analyst presentation that most ISVs
would end support for XP starting in 2011,
with a support "XP danger
zone" developing by the end of 2012.
"Typically, more than half of your organization's apps require
Windows," Silver and fellow analyst Stephen Kleynhans said in the
presentation. "Replacing it is not an option." At the time, Silver
and Kleynhans recommended that businesses eliminate XP infrastructure by the
end of 2012, well ahead of Microsoft's scheduled termination of security
support in April 2014. For Vista, Gartner suggested
continuing deployment on new PCs if already started, and then switching to
Windows 7 in 2011.
Prior to Windows 7's release, many analysts expected the new operating
system to impel a massive corporate tech refresh, with businesses moving to
finally upgrade their IT infrastructures after years of recession-tightened
budgets. More than 90 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold to date, but
while the operating system has proven to be a massive consumer hit, business
spending on the operating system has not yet reached the same heady levels.