Credit unions running on Windows XP should be preparing themselves for the move to Windows 7 soon, according to Forrester Research.
In a new report, analysts Benjamin Gray and Christian Kane recommend that IT shops accelerate application compatibility testing with an eye toward Windows 7 adoption by the end of 2012, noting Microsoft's plans to end support of both the ill-fated Vista platform and the latest version of XP by then.
Windows 7 launched last year. Microsoft's newest operating system is only in place at one out of every 10 commercial and business PCs in North America and Europe today but that number is quickly growing, the Cambridge, Mass., think firm said.
While Windows XP still accounts for 75% of that market, Gray and Kane found that IT managers are deploying Windows 7 on 31% of new PCs today, a number they expect to jump to 83% within a year.