Survey: Half of IT pros who use XP won't give it up

Many IT professionals intend to carry on using Windows XP even after extended support for the venerable operating system ends in 2014, according to a survey.

Many IT professionals intend to carry on using Windows XP even after extended support for the venerable operating system ends in 2014, according to a survey.

The survey, carried out by Dimension Consulting on behalf of Dell's Kace systems management appliance business and published in October, quoted 48 percent of respondents as saying they would continue to use XP without support, while 47 percent said they would upgrade when support for XP is discontinued — after 8 April 2014, no further security updates will be issued for the OS.

Five percent of respondents said they would continue to use XP with third-party support. The survey also suggested that almost all IT professionals intended to skip Vista and go straight to Windows 7.

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