In April, Microsoft ended its support of Windows XP, no longer providing security patches publicly. This left people and companies vulnerable to cyber theft, privacy violations, and other online crimes. Yet in a recent survey conducted by systems management provider Adaptiva, 53 percent of respondents were still running Windows XP in their company, citing the time and cost of migrating as major obstacles.

Leading analyst firm Ovum estimates that it could take a company up to six months to upgrade 1,000 machines (from XP to Windows 7/8) manually, with some mid-size organizations taking two years to complete. A global organization can have tens or hundreds of thousands of computers spread across the planet, so manual migration is often times not an option.

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