It’s been over a year since Microsoft announced the end of life of Windows XP. Some of my colleagues’ previously blogged about the reasons you should consider migrating from XP. They talked about the security risks of running an out-of-date OS, which can impact enterprise productivity. According to a study by the Ponemon Research Institute, the average time to contain a cyberattack is 31 days.
We also highlighted that a migration strategy was an opportunity to identify additional IT concerns and make corrections. These lingering IT concerns are a potential drain on resources; from IT infrastructure and asset management, to increased calls to the service desk, providing a 2-for-1 benefit that makes good financial sense.
Despite this, according to Net Application stats, one year after Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP, approximately 15% of the market is still using XP. Well one year on, we’re giving you a third reason to migrate –your spiralling total cost of ownership.
For organizations that entered into a Microsoft Customer Support Agreement to mitigate XP risk, your total cost of ownership is increasing year on year. Last year the XP CSA cost per PC running XP was $200. For the second year of the XP CSA, the list price doubled to $400 per device with a cap of 5000 devices or $2 million. And, for year 3, the price is expected to be between $600 and $1000 per device, as Microsoft increases the pressure to get organizations off XP. So you’ve got an OS asset that’s depreciating in business value but skyrocketing in terms of total cost of ownership. How does that stack up for you?
Are you still using Windows XP? We’d love to hear about your experience. If you have a moment, take our short survey and let us know your plans.