Jan 9, 2012 – This kicks off the first of a weekly series all about desktop virtualization. The deadline for Windows XP retirement is 8 April 2014. There are cost implications to do the necessary assessments required to properly execute a migration project to Windows 7. Desktop virtualization becomes more relevant as organizations look to keep their desktop budget (generally averaging 15%) under control. Gartner predicts desktops will consume up to an additional 9% of an IT budget the year of conversion.