Microsoft prepares partners for XP migration
Microsoft India has embarked is preparing its partners to tap opportunities emanating out of Windows XP migration which it estimates to be in the range of $700 million to $800 million.
“The size of the opportunity is huge and immediate. As we are just a month away—April 8—from the end of support for Windows XP, partners need to move quickly to educate their customers about the perils of not migrating from XP, and convert the latent opportunity into business,” said Amrish Goyal, General Manager, Windows Business Group, Microsoft India.
According to Microsoft, there are nearly four million corporate PCs in India that run on Windows XP. “Considering that 25 percent of these PCs are more than five-years-old and are not on Windows 7 or Windows 8, at $500 for a new PC the opportunity could be as big as $500 million. Add to that other opportunities to upgrade server software and hardware, security, etc, and the opportunity could easily top $800 million,” Goyal claimed.
Microsoft has aggressively started educating customers and enabling partners to leverage the upgrade opportunities.
For customers not willing to upgrade, Microsoft has rolled out customized support plans costing $300 per PC per year.
However, Microsoft believes that most customers will end up upgrading within the next six months. Said Goyal, “The corporate XP installed base in India was 20 million 18 months ago but today it is only four million. That means 80 percent have already migrated.”
The other factor that could drive migration in a big way is the advisory issued by CERT-In which states that if customers fail to upgrade there could be compliance issues due to unpatched components in their IT infrastructure, and that this could result in non-compliance and suspension of certifications by certifying and auditing organizations.