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Microsoft has said it is more expensive for businesses to remain on its aging Windows XP operating system than it is to upgrade to Windows 7, PC Magazine has reported. Pointing to a report it commissioned from IDC, Microsoft's Erwin Visser said that base IT and end-user labour costs associated with Windows XP are about five times as much as those for Windows 7. "That's a significant amount of money IT shops could put towards modernizing their departments and adding value to the businesses," Visser said. "IDC found the longer you wait, the pricier supporting Windows XP gets: IT labour costs go up 25% in the fourth year of continuing to run Windows XP past deadline, and user productivity suffers as well, with an increased cost of 23%," he said.