It is a classic for corporate world to still use Windows XP as their operating system on their company computers. People continue to upgrade their personal computers operating system, however business world still mostly runs on age old Windows XP. This now come to a turning point as Microsoft announced that they will only provide support for Windows XP up until 2014. This means soon enough we will see third party suppliers for softwares that enterprises use will start to pull back their support for Windows XP products as they will start to focus on its succeeder Windows 7.
Everyone who used Vista pretty much claimed that they had no idea why they switched their operating system from Windows XP as Vista was significantly slower than its predecessor. That highly effected corporate world’s take on Vista as they skipped their migration on Vista and continued with what they have already. This also saved them from the cost of migration and its possible drawbacks until the system is once again stable. Now they cannot runaway from a migration as support discontinuity has been announced for XP.
Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 7 seem to have a better reputation and according to Gartner, it will be the dominant operating system in both enterprise level and home usage in coming 4 years. For that reason most companies started to work on a plan to migrate their computer network from Windows XP to Windows 7 as it is expected to use 12 to 18 months for a healthy migration process. Gartner also announced that they expect the cost for per user migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 can be anywhere between 500$ to 1000$ including the third party software update for the new system.
This migration issue will also raise the demand for IT administrators who can handle the new operating system. Thus, it will be a good idea to keep an eye on the job market for this demand. Personally I would also say that after this migration, enterprises will stay on Windows 7 for a long while as they did with Windows XP. The logic behind that is the high cost of migration process as well as Windows 7 current reputation for being a decent OS for companies with its new security and network features.