Upgrading to a new operating system is a challenge that many businesses face, especially in light of several prominent older systems reaching their end-of-support date in recent times. For example, Windows XP reached its end of support date just a few years ago, and this past January, Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows 8. While unsupported software is certainly a problem, why does a business ultimately choose to upgrade away from their current OS?
According to a study by Spiceworks, there are several reasons a business wants to start using a new operating system on their workstations:
Most businesses will only start to use more recent operating systems as needed (69 percent).
Others will upgrade because they want to take full advantage of new apps that are supported by the new OS (42 percent).
Some will even try to use a new OS due to their hardware coming with the software pre-installed (38 percent).
However, there are other reasons that a business might decide to adopt a new OS, and most of them are issues that are addressed by upgrading to a more recent OS. Here’s a chart from Spiceworks’ report:
It’s no surprise that the biggest culprit for convincing businesses to upgrade their systems is end-of-life events, at a solid 66 percent.