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Hanging on to Windows XP? You're not alone

It was easy to ignore Windows Vista after it launched, not because of the bad press it received, but more so because there's nothing wrong with XP. With the coming launch of Windows 7, we XP users are faced with a major decision yet again. Do we keep XP for a while longer perhaps until support from Microsoft runs out? Do we make the switch to Vista now the kinks are mostly worked out or jump to Windows 7?

Mark Kaelin, blog host of Microsoft Windows on TechRepublic, wanted to know what other IT people were thinking about the topic. He polled the TechRepublic membership and published the results. I thought there had to be some who would opt to keep XP as long as they could, but when Mark asked about plans to migrate away from XP he found 43 percent of the 12,467 surveyed techs planned to stay with XP.

Could it be legacy programs (legacy means older in geek talk) are keeping people from moving away from XP? The answer from 66 percent of 10,406 respondents was legacy applications were not a "major" problem holding back migration. So, why do very few IT pros have plans to upgrade? When asked for the main reason for delaying an OS change, 63 percent of 10,659 voters reported XP works fine and there is no compelling reason to change.

I can agree with that. Who doesn't like the comfortable feeling of experience? A long-time Microsoft Office user, I'm just now starting to like Office 2007 after really despising it at first. The vastly changed interface was really hard to get used to.

Mark's article "IT professionals will not drop Windows XP quietly (if ever)" can be found on the TechRepublic site.

Ron Poland is a professor in the Computer Information Systems AAS program at Clinton Community College. Poland is certified in company repair and networking by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is also a Cisco certified network assistant. Questions may be sent to him via e-mail at ron@ronpoland.com.

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