For the temporally challenged, that’s exactly two years from today. Hopefully, some of you don’t care because you’ve already gotten off XP. After all, Windows 7 has a 41% piece of Windows desktop distributions now
according to NetMarketShare.com
. Here’s their March 2012 take:
What that number also means though is that roughly 51% of the remaining desktops are still on XP.
Hundreds of millions
of computers that, two years from today, will stop getting security updates and lose support from
third party software vendors
If you have not started
migrating your Windows XP environment to Windows 7
evaluating Windows 8 Consumer Preview
, you are probably late. According to our own customer deployment data, enterprise desktop replacement projects average 18-32 months. As someone who
writes a lot about USMT
, I can say that a customized PC migration undertaking is no joke. There are loads of moving parts in mass PC replacements and every company is different, even within the common areas of desktop, mobile, and work-from-home machines. If you’re prudent, you’ll spend months planning and testing before you get anywhere near your first end user. That means if you’re a company with 50,000 XP desktops, you’ll have to average around 2,100 desktops migrated a month before support ends. If you take the more realistic thinking and assume 250 working days in a year, you must average 100 migrated computers
per working day
, starting this minute.
The fiscal year is drawing to a close and the 24 month clock is running. Do you know where your XP clients are?