There’s news from KACE that M$’s customers are clinging tenaciously to XP with many even planning to stick with XP after 2014… That’s deadly for a monopoly that relies on businesses staying on the Wintel treadmill. The message is clear. XP is enough bloat for anyone and there’s no need to disrupt IT to please M$.
The result IMHO is that when businesses finally cannot get drivers for XP for new equipment they will seek MacOS or GNU/Linux. If price matters, it will be GNU/Linux.
“The survey included some seemingly odd results, such as the 48 percent of respondents who said they would continue to use Windows XP without support. Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP in April 2012, which means that users will no longer receive regular security patches for the operating system. Meinhardt speculated that XP will continue to be used, but not across the organization, in such cases.
“My sense is that 48 percent will use XP in isolated areas of their business where it’s cost prohibitive to move a customer application to Win 7,” Meinhardt stated via e-mail. “This is consistent with what we saw with Win 98. It’s not that 48 percent of customers will use XP as their primary OS.”
The survey also found that alternative productivity suites have made some inroads. The most frequently used Office alternative was OpenOffice.org (18 percent), followed by Google Docs (10 percent).”
28% not using Office??? _sarcasm_How can they possibly manage?_/sarcasm_