Switching To Windows 8
Stephen Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner Inc., the leading American information technology research and advisory firm believes users should learn a lesson from the demise of Windows XP operating system and prepare in advance for the imminent migration of the operating system. The vice president even went as far as suggesting enterprises and businesses to prepare for migration now itself!
The Vice President, while speaking in a press conference said, “Microsoft recently ended support for Windows XP and even though the end date was set in 2007 based on a life cycle support policy Microsoft introduced in 2004, many organizations were not able to completely eliminate the OS by the deadline. Nearly a quarter of PCs in organizations were still running Windows XP after support ended, leaving IT to figure out how to secure Windows XP and/or find funding to do so.”
His statements rings true since various enterprises are yet to make the switch to the operating system even though the end-of-support date was announced years ahead! He went on to say, “The end of support for Windows 7 will be January 2020, assuming there are no changes to its current support life cycle,” and added “While this feels like it’s a long way off, organizations must start planning now, so they can prevent a recurrence of what happened with Windows XP.”
He suggested that more enterprises start using Windows 8 operating system to reduce the number of Windows 7 operating systems that would have to be dealt with in the near future. This news might turn the tides in Windows 8′s favor, even though Windows 7 is winning in the race between Windows 7 vs Windows 8, albeit at a very small margin. Another alternative he suggested was to ignore migrating to a new operating system but doctor a complete system that would enable enterprises to migrate the outdated operating system without any hassles. From channeling the necessary resources to budget the migration to the logistics involved, all the important points should be factored in.
Migrating From Windows 7
He continued to explain, “The biggest problem that organizations have with upgrading to new Windows releases is ensuring application compatibility. The vast majority of Win32 applications that run on Windows 7 will run on future releases, but having applications is only one component of application compatibility.”
We hope crucial sectors, especially government institutions and banks, recognize the need to migrate from the outdated operating system before the end of support date starts. In the event of the latest release, the tides may favor Windows 8 in the race between Windows 7 vs Windows 8.
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