Windows XP’s Death to Push Users to SaaS Products

Most users will seek alternatives for a faster migration

By on February 26th, 2013 14:00 GMT

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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