A new report from Gartner gives it to enterprises and organisations straight up, it’s time to get over Windows XP and move onto Windows 7. According to Gartner migrations from Windows XP to Windows 7 will take 12 to 18 months for planning, testing and piloting, so they should really be getting on with it.
It seems Gartner is determined that Windows XP should be eliminated all together, saying that organisations should be aiming to at the very least begin testing Windows 7 by then end of this year and looking to eliminate Windows XP by 2012.
The analyst firm is urging organisations to have a target date in mind for the switchover to help decide whether systems and hardware need to be upgraded. Since many companies decided not to upgrade to Windows Vista, they’ve left no alternative but to adopt Windows 7.
“In various Gartner polls and surveys, 80 per cent of respondents report skipping Windows Vista. With Windows XP getting older and Windows 8 nowhere in sight, organisations need to be planning their migrations to Windows 7,”
said Michael Silver, a vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.
Windows 7 has been getting positive reviews, and many clients report that they have plans to start their production deployments, but there are some that are still undecided about when to start and how quickly to do the migration.
One of the factors that might help encourage organisations to make the switch is the fact that support for Windows XP ends in April 2014. The first step in eradicating Windows XP is to go about setting a start date for the roll out of Windows 7.
Organisations wanting to do as much of the migration as possible though PC refresh or attrition should begin by deciding on a start date
Of course one of the things that’s holding companies back when it comes to upgrading to Windows 7 is the fear that their software won’t run correctly. I personally think that this problem only occurs in a minority of programs and software providers are very quick at providing support and releasing Windows 7 compatible versions of their applications.
So maybe this is just another of many reports trying to kickstart organisations into adopting Windows 7 and saying goodbye to Windows XP forever.