Steps to a Victorious Windows 7 Migration
A helpful rundown of steps to prepare for the move to Windows 7.
Although it's kind of hard to believe for an operating system that's fast nearing its tenth birthday, Microsoft Windows XP continues to hold the top spot as the world's dominant OS, according to a recent Computerworld report that cited numbers from Web metrics company Net Applications.
Though the lead is a narrow one at this point at 52.4 percent, that's pretty remarkable. Whether XP's longevity can be attributed to the highly visible failure of Vista or other factors, it isn't likely to happen again, largely due to Microsoft's switch to shorter, three-year release cycles (down from five-year cycles used for past versions of Windows).
Regardless of the reasons for XP's endurance, it will remain a dominant player well into 2012, when Windows 7 finally overtakes it as top OS in the world (and Vista nearly falls off the map with a measly 4 percent share). For IT managers and pros, this means that XP (SP3 in particular) must continue to be supported until hardware and software upgrade needs allow for a switch. Like many other businesses, this support must likely coincide with that provided for other flavors of Windows as new machines are rolled out gradually.