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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 11:43

Ovum claims that Microsoft will lose corporate market

Written by Nick Farell


XP cut off will be its swan song
When Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP in 999 days it will lose the corporate market, according to beancounters working for Ovum.

Ovum principal analyst Richard Edwards said that although Windows XP was removed from retail channels three years ago, Microsoft will continue to offer support for this 10-year-old operating system until April 8, 2014. When this day finally arrives, however, Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. Moreover, it will no longer provide the security updates that help protect PCs from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. The assertion, therefore, is that organisations will have to replace their Windows XP PCs with new PCs running Windows 7, or even Windows 8.

However most businesses and institutions gave Windows Vista a wide-berth because of technical and compatibility issues, and so Windows 7 has quickly become the operating system of choice for new PC deployments. But, with sales of tablet and thin-client computing devices growing rapidly, and alternative application delivery architectures starting to take hold, we believe that by 2014 many organisations will have decided to adopt alternative end user computing models; thus making Windows XP the last major corporate version of the Windows desktop operating system, Edwards said.

Nick Farell

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+6 #1 Bl0bb3r 2011-07-13 11:55
I hardly doubt it... hardware in the past five years has been shit. Once that starts to fail in mass, a lot of businesses that once ran old hw and xp will need to buy new computers and with that they will also need new OS. Nevermind the lack of driver support these days...
 
 
+31 #2 BernardP 2011-07-13 12:07
...bla bla bla... Tablets and phones again...bla bla bla.

What corporate users do is run Excel and databases. This will continue to require desktops and large monitors.
 
 
-18 #3 STRESS 2011-07-13 12:55
Quoting BernardP:
...bla bla bla... Tablets and phones again...bla bla bla.

What corporate users do is run Excel and databases. This will continue to require desktops and large monitors.

Sorry to disappoint you but these same people tend to use more and more web-based software. So what they only need is a very modern web browser that supports all the bells & whistles. What OS or device that browser runs on is pretty irrelevant
 
 
+14 #4 fed44 2011-07-13 14:13
Well even if this all was the case Microsoft is going to roll out their new OS for tablets and they have a whole lot of technologies around for thin clients including both server and client side software.

I don't see a company buying iPads or android tablets for their employees because I just doubt they can be locked up enough for corporate needs.
 
 
+8 #5 Alterecho 2011-07-13 14:44
By the way, whats the pay for an analysts job?
 
 
+8 #6 nECrO 2011-07-13 15:43
Quoting Alterecho:
By the way, whats the pay for an analysts job?




Whatever it is, it's way too high. How much can thinking with your arse be worth anyway?
 
 
+10 #7 eugen 2011-07-13 15:43
if xp really gets retired than there will "hopefully" be better support for vista and 7 drivers/plugins etc...it is time for xp to retire ,even new storage hdd and ssd drives,and some games don`t offer full xp support,people with xp should really consider upgrading ..
 
 
+13 #8 Bl0bb3r 2011-07-13 15:45
Quoting STRESS:
but these same people tend to use more and more web-based software




Actually, no. They use such apps only when moving data, but as most of the cloud issues showed us, people would like to keep their data locally.
 
 
+3 #9 gozzak 2011-07-13 16:31
Two valid points made in these comments :
1) there will be a need for Excel, Word etc with large monitors
2) that need will be reduced because lots of companies are moving to browser based applications.

The end result will be that MS will lose maybe 20% (max 30%) of the coporate desktop to browser based "x" machines.

They will still rule the other 70-80%
 
 
+6 #10 Twist3d1080 2011-07-13 17:15
These analyst idiots also didn't take into consideration the amount of money and man hours its going to take to retrain most people to use a new OS. Most people have been using Windows for 15 years now and they still barely understand how to use their PC's.
 

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