The countdown for Microsoft Corp.’s support for Windows XP will reach zero on April 8, 2014. After that, there won’t be any more patches or updates released for the operating system. That could lead to some security risks and compatibility problems for businesses relying on the OS, yet 40 per cent of U.S. firms haven’t upgraded yet, according to an HP survey.
That’s worrisome for the vendor, and it’s offering help to businesses that need to make the migration to Windows 7 or Windows 8. It’s offering a service, HP Mobility Transformation Services for Windows that will provide consulting and support for all stages of a Windows XP transition.
Those services include a Windows 7 Migration Services offering that begins with an application portfolio assessment. HP designs an upgrade plan with application compatibility in mind, and also includes training for the new OS. The vendor is also taking the opportunity to market its touch-enabled Windows 8 tablets and all-in-one desktops.
PC sales have been sputtering since Windows 8 hit the market and some analysts even pointed the blame at Microsoft’s latest OS. Many businesses operating on Windows XP are likely using desktops or larger-form laptops with no touch interface. They may not see the advantage of moving to Windows 8, where Microsoft has been putting its marketing dollars lately. It’s possible the release of Windows 8.1 later this year and the expiring of XP’s support clause will motivate more businesses to migrate – at least to Windows 7.
Businesses that haven’t made the leap from Windows XP yet have 272 days until Microsoft cuts the support cord.