Firms that have chosen to stay on Microsoft XP runs the risk of spending three times higher than those firms that embraced the option of migrating to Windows 8. This is according to Microsoft Corp statistics. Windows 7 or 8 upgrade costs $95 while the cost of maintaining the XP platform is $300.
The fact that the support will end on April 2014 for Windows XP users is not helping as well. Microsoft chose to end windows XP since the technology behind such is no longer relevant. Nonetheless, these users may opt for a separate contract for custom support.
Further, these are just the document-able costs; they are not inclusive of the possible businesses losses due to various threats like data, productivity and security losses.
Evidently, firms should start migrating to Windows 8 to save more cost in the process. In most firms, about 50 to 60% of the computers are Windows XP-run. Definitely, if a firm will not choose to migrate to Windows 8, it will run the risk of threatening the brand image, according to the Director of Windows Business Group, Microsoft India, Amrish Goyal.
The philosophy is simple – you have to spend money so that you will be able to save money in the long run. This is only possible through migrating to Windows 8 wherein higher returns on investment can be realized in due course while also saving money.
Companies Migrating to Windows 8.
One of the companies that had already migrated to Windows 7 is Bharti Airtel. The firm is now realizing a total savings of Rs 2,00o for each computer.
Another local company that may be facing security breaches if it will not migrate to Windows 8 is the Reserve Bank of India ITAA 2008 drives data security as well as bank privacy. Without Windows 8, the bank will be answerable to loss revenues and penalties.
Migrating to Windows 8 is the only way for these companies to be liable not just to the customers, but also to the different regulatory bodies.
This is instigated by ever-increasing competition on the global scale. Risk assessments that should be measured against industry standards must be in place. In this way, firms will be forced to evaluate their security risks and then take the necessary steps to mitigate it.
There are four ways to ease out on Windows XP. These are running the computers on Windows 7 or 8; shipping computers with Windows 7 but downgrading them to Windows XP; using computers that are Windows 7 or 8 compliant; and using computers that are slated for refresh.