We’ve blogged quite a few times in the past few years about the slow progress of enterprises have been making to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 (and now 8). The trend has been evident for quite some time, but it seemed everyone in the industry held out hope that organizations would miraculously wrap up their migration projects before the April 8th deadline.
Well, here we are with just over 30 days to go and what do we see? Windows XP has hit a wall. The latest usage share figures from NetApplications show it’s holding steady at 29.5%, dropping less than 2% in the past 6 months.
We’re not ones to say “we told you so”, but we called the stall a year ago (with updates in July and Nov) and then redoubled our efforts to help accelerate migrations with the release of Ion 3 in October. But there’s only so much we can do as web application compatibility is just one of many blockers to a successful Windows migration. Native applications and user state must also be migrated. Often, new hardware is necessary and users need to be trained.
These are not easy migrations, particularly for organizations who haven’t executed a desktop migration in over a decade. But they can be successful. We are a core component of successful migrations every day. Now with Windows XP end of support (nearly) here and custom support agreements (hopefully) in place, it’s time to reassess your timeline and staff your migration project for success. Let us help. Download the free Browsium Ion Evaluation Kit and we’ll contact you to get started.