Windows XP’s Death to Push Users to SaaS Products

Most users will seek alternatives for a faster migration

  Windows XP will be retired on April 8, 2014
Windows XP will be officially retired in April 2014, but companies and end users are yet to make the move to a newer Windows platform, according to recent market share figures.

Windows XP will be officially retired in April 2014, but companies and end users are yet to make the move to a newer Windows platform, according to recent market share figures.

Ovum principal analyst Roy Illsley thinks that many users will migrate to Windows XP only a few months before the retirement date, but some will prefer software-as-a-service (SaaS) products instead of the traditional applications.

“There are some cases where [SaaS] will be used as a way of mitigating a massive cost and people won’t really look into the true cost of doing it,” he told TechRepublic.

“If people are saying, ‘Actually, we’re going to use Office 365,′ that’s a great piece of work that they don’t have to test.”

As a result, services such as Office 365 and other cloud-based products are very likely to experience a significant market share next year, especially because, on a regular basis, Microsoft recommends users to dump Windows XP.

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