Microsoft is trying to convince businesses that switching from Windows XP to Windows 7 is worth considering. To convince businesses about how good Windows 7 is, they sponsored a white paper by analyst company IDC that reports the costs associated between both operating systems. IDC interviewed 9 different companies as part of the study and found that the IT and end user labor costs associated with Windows XP can be up to five times more compared to Windows 7. “Costs tend to soar when older products are used beyond their intended life cycle,” said IDC. Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 is due to end on April 8th, 2014. You can download the report from here.