Asia Pacific organisations should stop using Windows XP as Microsoft will end support for this operating system on 8 April 2014.
Windows XP is no longer capable of handling cyber attacks and nor can address the demands for data privacy and productivity.
There are only six months left for this milestone and Microsoft is reminding businesses and consumers in Asia Pacific still using PCs running on Windows XP to upgrade to newer versions of Windows.
If users do not pay heed to the warning, they will be open to malware attacks on their PCs as Microsoft will not send updates for their systems meant to protect software from hackers.
“Clearly, there’s still a lack of urgency in organisations in Asia Pacific to make migration a priority,” said Jason Lim, general manager of Windows Business Group, Microsoft Asia Pacific. “While no one likes change, businesses and consumers need to upgrade to newer operating systems like Windows 7 or 8 in order to modernise their computing devices and to address sophisticated threats which can compromise the safety of their personal information.”
No technical assistance
Microsoft will stop providing technical assistance after 8 April 2014 and this may lead to software compatibility issues and downtime in Asia Pacific organisations.
The Windows Upgrade Centre website features insights from analysts and customers about XP OS upgrade journey, and visitors will also know about the latest special offers from Microsoft’s partners.
The old users are slow to upgrade to a different operating system but there is a decline is businesses who are investing in Windows XP. The installed base for Windows XP in the Asia Pacific region declined from 34 percent to 28 percent over the last six months.
Charlie Dai, principal consulting analyst, Enterprise Architecture, Forrester Research, advises IT professionals to put Windows upgrade into the IT roadmap for the next six months.
“With the typical deployment times for upgrades spanning from three to six months for small businesses, and more than six months for mid-sized businesses, we are really worried that companies are cutting it too close to the end of service date,” added Lim.
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