Thursday, July 15, 2010

74% Of Business Computers Still Running Windows XP

According to this report from the Business Insider, "Microsoft Says 74% Of Business Computers Still Running On Windows XP." In the world of health care, that percentage is probably much higher. How many hospitals are running Vista or Windows 7?  Given that Windows XP was released in 2001, it's quite an amazing story of a computer operating system that just won't die.

I wonder if Microsoft will need to extend their support on Windows XP (Service Pack 3 or SP3) beyond April 8, 2014. That's when support for Windows XP is supposed to officially end, and 2014 will be here before we know it.  If you're still running Windows XP Service Pack 2 (and you haven't updated to SP3), then your support just ended a few days ago on July 13, 2010.  Make sure to update to SP3.

Speaking of Service Packs, the public beta of Windows 7 SP1 is now out for public consumption. If you have a PC running Windows 7 and it's not a mission-critical PC, then maybe you'll want to play around with SP1 to see if you notice any improvements.

Extended support for Windows Vista will end on April 11, 2017. Given that Vista was released in 2007, does it seem fair that Microsoft will only support it for 10 years?

I think Microsoft will be forced to extend support for XP beyond 2014. That's my prediction and you can quote me on it when it happens. 

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