The aging Windows operating system is still hanging tough in the desktop OS arena. What's keeping it alive?
Lance WhitneyContributing Writer
Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books--one on Windows and another on LinkedIn.
Without knowing the specific breakdown, I think it's a safe bet that XP's strongest hold is in the business world. A home PC user can upgrade to a newer flavor of Windows without too much hassle. But businesses face a number of obstacles.
Large enterprises must move thousands or tens of thousands of employees to the new version of Windows. That process requires compatibility testing both for hardware and software, scheduling, user training, and a variety of other tasks. Most enterprises should've already switched to Windows 7 by now. Those still stuck on XP face a time-consuming upgrade process.
Small and mid-sized business have their own hurdles. Many don't necessarily have a dedicated IT staff, so they have to perform software upgrades on their own. Businesses with legacy hardware and software are up against an even tougher challenge.