Many organizations are going to have to make preparations as mainstream support for Windows 2000 operating system ends in eight days.

This might be a reseller opportunity if you look at a recent study prepared by Ottawa-based AssetMetrix Research Lab.

From its report, the company found

Microsoft Windows 2000 remains a widely deployed operating system in corporate IT environments, losing only four percentage points in popularity from 52 per cent in Q4-2003 to 48 per cent in Q1-2005, while Windows XP rose in popularity from 6.6 per cent to 38 per cent.

Mainstream support for Windows 2000 is set to expire on June 30 of this year.

The study also found that within the same time period:

Windows 95 and Windows 98 were reduced from a collective 28 per cent to less than five per cent.

Windows NT popularity was reduced from 13.5 per cent to about 10 per cent

Windows XP became the most popular operating system for companies with fewer than 250 PCs.

The findings of this study suggest that Windows 2000 still plays an important part in many IT environments, with organizations often choosing Windows XP to replace Windows 98 and Windows 95, said Steve O’Halloran, managing director of AssetMetrix Research Labs.

“”Companies re-deploying PCs, without a policy to manage and support their operating systems, will have their Windows XP transition rate dictated by PC obsolescence rather than by intelligent planning and forecasting,”” he said.

The report also found that while Windows XP is now the most popular operating system for companies with fewer than 250 PCs, Windows 2000 still has a greater than 50 per cent market share in larger organizations.

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