Microsoft Urges XP Users To Upgrade
April 10, 2012

Microsoft Urges XP Users To Upgrade

Microsoft reminded its 100 million Windows XP users on Monday to upgrade their PCs to Windows 7 and Office 2010, as XP begins its two-year countdown to the end of support.

“If you still have some PCs running Windows XP and Office 2003 in your organization, now would be a good time to start migrating them to Windows 7 and Office 2010,” wrote Microsoft spokeswoman Stella Chernyak in a blog post.

Although security updates and hotfixes for Windows XP and Office 2003 will be available until April 8, 2014, the company plans to drop support for these products after that time.

“Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted,” Chernyak wrote.

“Technology continues to evolve and so do people´s needs and expectations,” she said.

“It is in a company´s — and its employees´ — best interest to take advantage of the modern Windows and Office software that is designed with these needs in mind.”

The end of Windows XP is important to many business users, who largely shunned Windows Vista and held on to its predecessor much longer than Microsoft expected.

Of the roughly 100 million current XP users, more than 72 million have the business version, according to research firm Gartner.  That number is expected to fall to about 7 million by 2014, Gartner said.

Businesses that passed on Windows Vista and Windows 7 might be tempted to simply wait another year and upgrade to Microsoft´s newest OS, Windows 8, which is expected sometime this fall.  But Chernyak advised against that approach.

“We don´t recommend waiting. Not only is it important for companies to complete deployment before support runs out, but they should also be aware that by upgrading to Windows 7 and Office 2010 today they can gain substantial results today while laying the foundation for future versions of these products,” she wrote.

“If you haven´t yet already, we do hope that you take this end of support countdown as an opportunity to migrate your PCs to Windows 7 and Office 2010 so that your business and employees are more productive and secure.”