48% of IT pros to use XP after it's discontinued



There have been two new releases of the Windows operating system since the release of Windows XP in 2001, yet XP market share is still predominantly ruling the market. Since the release of Windows 7, some people have decided to move but others haven’t.

Some may argue that it’s only a matter of time before those on XP are pushed to Windows 7 when Microsoft discontinues support for the product, but an online survey done by Dimension Consulting on behalf of Dell's Kace systems management appliance business found that this may not be the case.

Zdnet reported the results which found that 48 percent of participants would continue to use XP even after it stops receiving support, including no further security updates. XP will stop receiving support after April 8, 2014, which leaves plenty of time to upgrade. This raises the question, why are people so anxious to stay? On the flip side, 47 percent responded by saying they would upgrade when XP support is gone. The final 5 percent of people said they would continue to use XP but with third-party support.

Although a large amount of people said they would upgrade from XP, the survey also suggested that a large majority would skip Vista and go straight to Windows 7. Vista was never a big hit with companies in the past, and it actually was more rather a huge failure with companies as Vista was never properly adopted by them. The success of Windows 7 and flop of Vista would convincingly explain why they would move straight to Windows 7, if the fact that it’s the newest version doesn’t serve enough precedence.

However, when questioned about Microsoft Office, 78 percent of the 953 participants said they would avoid Office 2010 mainly because of its ribbon interface although a third still said they would skip Office 2007 to upgrade to the 2010 version. 

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78 percent of the 953 participants said they would avoid Office 2010 mainly because of its ribbon

Of all reasons not to upgrade this is about the most childish and ignorant. Yeah, you need to invest a few mintues to learn it and adjust. But your reward is a more intuitive and efficient way of doing just about everything.

C_Guy said,
78 percent of the 953 participants said they would avoid Office 2010 mainly because of its ribbon

Of all reasons not to upgrade this is about the most childish and ignorant. Yeah, you need to invest a few mintues to learn it and adjust. But your reward is a more intuitive and efficient way of doing just about everything.

I can only imagine the amount of computer illiterate people they have working for them. Yes the users will adapt to the new ribbon interface but it will not happen in "Just a few minutes".

C_Guy said,
78 percent of the 953 participants said they would avoid Office 2010 mainly because of its ribbon

Of all reasons not to upgrade this is about the most childish and ignorant. Yeah, you need to invest a few mintues to learn it and adjust. But your reward is a more intuitive and efficient way of doing just about everything.

i really lughed so hard today , when one of co-worker almost cried of the idea of using office 2007 ribbon looooooooool :XD

he is over 45 year old tho

Ci7 said,

i really lughed so hard today , when one of co-worker almost cried of the idea of using office 2007 ribbon looooooooool :XD

he is over 45 year old tho

Seriously, you had a co-worker cry because he didn't wan to use newer software?

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
People don't like change.

They need to get over that. And I don't say that to be an ass, but in the tech world, change literally happens by the minute...

Frylock86 said,
Who are these people? I would like to know, so I can pick them off and upgrade their networks.
Would you do it for free? Purely out of your love for Windows 7?

hotdog963al said,
Would you do it for free? Purely out of your love for Windows 7?

Would you rather spend the money now? Or simply keep wasting it running XP?

Wow. While XP was & still is a great os, there is nothing like Win7. I've been using win7 since beta days & it is very good. Would not use anything else.

It's foolish to continue to use it as a primary OS after it's been discontinued. Until then I believe it's fine to use, although I would recommend upgrading for security reasons alone. (The new "features" are mostly worthless imo).
I for one will always have it in a VM for backwards compatibility, whether it's supported by Microsoft or otherwise.

Shiranui said,
If you can't afford to upgrade, use whatever you like.

Sure, use whatever you want. Just don't whine when software and hardware devs don't support your decrepit OS.

For the record where I work-- actually upgraded on the work side from a Win2k server to Win2008 Server -- but the workstations on the old computers were NT4 and now they are XP--- But sad to say though --

The software "Opera" (not the browser- but the hotel management system) WILL NOT RUN ON Windows 7 it is completely incompatible and is not 16 bit or old.

We actually tried to install it on the office computer -- and the installer failed even with compatibility modes plus also XP mode-.....Though we did manage on the other hand to get it to install in Virtual Box- but some of the functions did not work. So we are forced to keep a second computer in the office that has XP.

But for the daily reports they do still use the Windows 7 machine.

So until they work out those bugs where I work still has no choice to run XP -- though thank goodness however it is not connected to the web other than the server which has to dial in to get updates.


using winddows xp at home and in the office.

as long as there are drivers for new hardwares and applications for windows xp, there is no need to upgrade. tell us what is the benefit is.

warr said,
using winddows xp at home and in the office.

as long as there are drivers for new hardwares and applications for windows xp, there is no need to upgrade. tell us what is the benefit is.

take advantage of new hardware the way it's meant to be used. on older hardware it's a user choice.

Lots of users don't take into consideration the fact that companies pay licenses for a productivity environment.
It's not as easy as install and use WindowsLoader as it is for the vast majority. The fine is pretty huge for companies not using licenses.

7 is Vista++ so in layman's terms 7 makes Vista look like it's not a TOTAL fail because 7 is a total fail.

Oh sure there are fan boys who think newer is better and open a video game the moment the OS loads.

...and people who don't realize that SuperFetch and all the other crap is slowing their system down by making them wait to "preload" stuff that they won't use.

...and people who think XP users only use IE6 when XP's market share is like 60%+ and IE6's market share is 10-20% TOPS.

Keep clicking four to five times more with 7 and enjoy your arthritis. As for me I'll be sticking with XP until I switch to what I'm currently thinking is Kubuntu once I get those Linux anti-M$ programmers to help me without asking me to go in to the frigin console just to copy and paste files.

7's file manager Windows Explorer is worthless now and there are now two major things called favorites. The My Computer icon is hidden. I was at a neighbors and was not able to make the My Documents folder work ONLY from the D:\ and it kept saving files to the C:\. So many shortcuts and useful features have been removed.

...oh and I have Aero for XP, here is your linkage: http://customize.org/xpthemes/62024

Features removed in Vista...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...es_removed_in_Windows_Vista

Features removed in 7...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...atures_removed_in_Windows_7

Not only is XP stable it also is MUCH more usable and once you undo a lot of the initial junk you can run a clean system. 7 and Vista are NOT customizable and hide/remove useful features and shortcuts while also adding tons of irrelevant junk and renaming half of the things making it a total f#$%ing nightmare for me to deal with when I need to test IE9 in VirtualBox (which Oracle has totally f@$*ed up, different story).

JAB Creations said,
7 is Vista++ so in layman's terms 7 makes Vista look like it's not a TOTAL fail because 7 is a total fail.

Oh sure there are fan boys who think newer is better and open a video game the moment the OS loads.

...and people who don't realize that SuperFetch and all the other crap is slowing their system down by making them wait to "preload" stuff that they won't use.

...and people who think XP users only use IE6 when XP's market share is like 60%+ and IE6's market share is 10-20% TOPS.

Keep clicking four to five times more with 7 and enjoy your arthritis. As for me I'll be sticking with XP until I switch to what I'm currently thinking is Kubuntu once I get those Linux anti-M$ programmers to help me without asking me to go in to the frigin console just to copy and paste files.

7's file manager Windows Explorer is worthless now and there are now two major things called favorites. The My Computer icon is hidden. I was at a neighbors and was not able to make the My Documents folder work ONLY from the D:\ and it kept saving files to the C:\. So many shortcuts and useful features have been removed.

...oh and I have Aero for XP, here is your linkage: http://customize.org/xpthemes/62024

Features removed in Vista...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...es_removed_in_Windows_Vista

Features removed in 7...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...atures_removed_in_Windows_7

Not only is XP stable it also is MUCH more usable and once you undo a lot of the initial junk you can run a clean system. 7 and Vista are NOT customizable and hide/remove useful features and shortcuts while also adding tons of irrelevant junk and renaming half of the things making it a total f#$%ing nightmare for me to deal with when I need to test IE9 in VirtualBox (which Oracle has totally f@$*ed up, different story).

Windows XP's UI is fugly, pathetic and completely unusable. Windows Vista/7's explorer is much more productive and beautiful. The search feature in Windows 7 is awesome. Plus there's Aero Snap and great window management. Simply put Windows 7 has improved productivity by a million times compared to the pathetic XP.

All the features from XP have been replaced by much superior functionality on Windows Vista/7. For example, the pathetic "Up" button of XP's explorer has been replaced by the incredibly useful Breadcrumbs bar in Vista/7. On Windows 7 everything can be done with fewer clicks than on XP. For example, to change screen resolution just type in resolu in the Start Menu search box and immediately you get a link to change screen resolution. On XP one has to remember exactly where this option is buried and click at least 5 or 6 times to get there.
IE9 has by far the best UI of all browsers. It's incredibly minimalistic and functional.

Bottom line is, only pathetic losers who have no idea about computers and Luddites prefer the fugly and unusable XP to the greatest operating system in the history of mankind, Windows 7 .

pezzonovante said,

... The search feature in Windows 7 is awesome...

FWIW, so far (since beta) I've used it for one thing only -- cmd run as admin, which is a non-issue in XP. ;-)

... Plus there's Aero Snap and great window management. Simply put Windows 7 has improved productivity by a million times compared to the pathetic XP.

True, XP doesn't have anything Aero, but I can watch Blu-Ray & other 1080p in XP without having PowerDVD turn Aero off.

Far as productivity goes, I'm sure there's stuff that's enhanced or works better in 7, but for me there's rarely any difference.

...change screen resolution. On XP one has to remember exactly where this option is buried and click at least 5 or 6 times to get there.

I use ATI & their CCC so that's no prob. -- but then again I can't remember changing, or needing to change screen rez. ;-)

...Luddites prefer the fugly and unusable XP...

FWIW, as soon as they were avail. I've jumped on 3.1, 2k, 95, 98, 98SE, XP, Vista, 7, & look forward to 8. I'm in 7 ult SP1 RC 64 right now. Later today I expect I'll be in XP Pro SP3 32 doing some stuff that just doesn't work well, if/when at all, in 7. DO I prefer it? I'd rather not hassle with the re-boot so no. Is my XP Pro install unusable? Hardly... otherwise I wouldn't *have* to use it. Of course the argument can always be made that if 7 won't do whatever, just don't do *that*, whatever *that* is... but that's IMHO just being argumentative. I don't mean to disagree, or argue, but rather just point out another perspective. :-)

This is fine.

They can stay on their elderly software, I will be on the younger and in my opinion better for my needs software.

Each to their own, but XP users should know their days are numbered.

Great - my system is old, fugly and my days are now numbered - but wait...
I've never needed support, my XP desktop looks sweet, I have all security updates and my system is protected using the latest in security software. All of my needs are being met.
I guess this means that upgrades are based on a users needs so at this point for me, unless there are no more updates for my own software, I'm sticking with old, fugly XP.

Just so you know I dual boot with Windows 7 and have tried it for over a year and while it is indeed faster, I feel there are too many 'faults', which I will not go into, that don't meet my needs.

Purely FWIW, like so many others I dual boot XP & 7, & will add 8 to the mix when avail. When I can do everything I do in XP in 7 (or 8), then maybe things will change, but right now I can't so XP's staying. Preferences &/or appearances have nothing to do with it.

*Most* apps I use work in both XP & 7, & while it's sometimes been a bit of work, 99% of my hardware does too. It's usually pointed out that you can use XP VMs in 7, but for stuff like audio/video that's nowhere near a solution. Others are in the same boat where 7 doesn't always cut it, & that doesn't reflect anything good/bad about 7 or XP -- it's just life & life isn't always as tidy as we might like. ;-)

That said, I know people who for the most part consider the version of Windows they use irrelevant -- you won't find them commenting on [or even reading] articles like this one. They use their PCs/laptops to do whatever, & that's what they focus on, not the OS. They're the one's MS targets with quite a few of their ads, trying to sell them the notion that somehow everything will magically be better on 7 -- most aren't buying it, 'least yet. ;-)

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