Half of IT pros plan to use XP after support ends

Many IT professionals intend to carry on using Windows XP even after extended support for the venerable operating system ends in 2014, according to a survey.

The survey, carried out by Dimension Consulting on behalf of Dell's Kace systems management appliance business and published in October, quoted 48 percent of respondents as saying they would continue to use XP without support, while 47 percent said they would upgrade when support for XP is discontinued — after 8 April 2014, no further security updates will be issued for the OS.

Five percent of respondents said they would continue to use XP with third-party support. The survey also suggested that almost all IT professionals intended to skip Vista and go straight to Windows 7.

However, on the subject of productivity suites, only a third said they would skip Office 2007 on the upgrade path from Office 2003 to Office 2010. 78 percent said they had concerns about Office 2010, particularly its ribbon interface. The survey mostly covered the deployment of productivity suites, and was based on the views of 953 respondents to a web survey.

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