Windows XP Adoption Rates Slow
Although many are eagerly awaiting Microsoft next version of Windows, known as Longhorn, a recent study by AssetMetrix shows that many companies have not even upgraded to Windows XP, a full four years after its release.
The study reports that Windows 2000 is installed on 48 percent of all corporate PCs as of the first quarter of this year, only falling four percent since the last quarter of 2003. In comparison, usage of Windows XP rose from 6.6 to 38 percent during the same period.
The large number of users still on the older operating system poses a problem for Microsoft, who intends to phase out Windows 2000 support at the end of the month.
Even older operating systems from Microsoft are still in use. One in ten computers runs Windows NT, down from 13.5 percent. The biggest drop was recorded in those still running Windows 95 or 98, which fell from 28 percent at the end of 2003 to less than 5 percent this past quarter.