Posted by: kurtsh | December 18, 2011

NEWS: Gartner on Windows XP – “Plan to deploy Windows 7; do not wait for Windows 8”


Gartner published an interesting research report about migration techniques & the imminent dangers or remaining on Windows XP in the upcoming 2012 year. 

They highlight the following concerns about not migrating off of Windows XP:

  • The end of vulnerability & security patches for Windows XP, leaving PCs exposed to new & upcoming malware
  • The continued elimination of support for Windows XP drivers by hardware vendors
  • The upcoming elimination of Windows XP support by line-of-business software vendors
  • The need to purchase custom support to protect & secure remaining PCs, agreements for which cost as much as $500,000/annually

Gartner’s advice around migration off of Windows XP is quite clear in their recent Research Report, "Creating a timeline for Deploying Windows 7 & Eliminating Windows XP" & it begins with, “Plan to deploy Windows 7; do not wait for Windows 8.”

There are however several other recommendations & we have received permission to distribute this analysis/report.  A publicly available link to the content is attached below for your reference.


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