The end of XP - so where next?

Posted by: Martin Wallace, Marketing Manager (Training Services) | Last modified on 23/04/2014 11:31

So, Microsoft finally pulls the plug on its legacy operating system, Windows XP. Time for everyone to login to eBuyer and get the next version. That’ll be Windows 8, if you want the whistles and bells, or Windows 7 if a proven, modern operating system will do.

According to research by, 27% of all desktops worldwide still run XP. A large proportion of these are likely to be business machines, and those organisations that Microsoft has inadvertently left behind may well now be looking nervously around for help.

But why have so many companies still not upgraded their machines? After all, XP is 12 years old and there have been three replacement products to date.

The reality is that it’s not just the daunting task of having to install new software on possibly hundreds, even thousands, of machines. Even once your IT staff complete the installations, you’re left with all the users untrained in the various new features and layouts of their new system. Panic, reluctance, resentment all ensue among staff, in varying degrees…

When Windows 7 first established itself as a solid operating system, many of our early adoption clients were looking for a straight-up, new features course that could be delivered to staff quickly and with minimal fuss, to help with their rollouts. So we produced an ‘off-the-shelf’, e-Learning course designed to do just that.

Now that XP support has been discontinued, we hope this service will prove more relevant useful than ever.

Find out more about our Windows 7 New Features off-the-shelf e-Learning courses.

Tags: MS Office, Microsoft e-Learning, Off-the-Shelf e-Learning