Three quarters of business PCs stilll running Windows XP, average PC 4.4 years old

Three quarters of business PCs stilll running Windows XP, average PC 4.4 years old

If more evidence were needed of the business-repelling qualities of Microsoft’s  deeply flawed Vista operating system, further proof comes in the shape of an astonishing statistic that reveals that nearly three quarters (74%) of business PC’s are still running Ye Olde XP.

Windows XP is getting on to be a decade old now, with the first version being released all the way back in 2001 (and in case you didn’t now, the name “XP” is short for “eXPerience”).

Tammi Reller, CVP of Microsoft Windows, casually slapped down this fact at the Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, but was quick to shove it in the PR tumbler drier, set it to maximum spin and insist that this meant there was a huge opportunity for Microsoft to convert XP users into Windows 7 users (which, admittedly, is near-infinitely better).

Vintage PCs

Interestingly, Reller also said that the average age of a PC is a positively venerable 4.4 years old – the highest it’s been in a decade.

Tammi cranked up the spin cycle once more, insisting that this is once again great news for Microsoft because it means there’s zillions of folks out there ready and willing to upgrade their Windows computers, contributing to the 350 million Windows 7 licenses it expects to shift this year.

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One Comment on “Three quarters of business PCs stilll running Windows XP, average PC 4.4 years old”

  1. This isn’t that surprising.

    I would imagine a lot of businesses have put off PC uprgrades due to the credit crunch. Even without that, a 4 year old PC is more than adquate for business use (apart from in the creative industries and hi-end CAD- and much of the former is done on Macs)

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