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Published On: Tue, Mar 18th, 2014

Microsoft to shut down Windows XP computers in April 2014

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Windows_XPMicrosoft will by April 8th 2014, shut down Windows XP computers and would no longer receive critical security patches and updates, leaving them increasingly vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and the growing risk of cyber-attacks that can steal or damage personal information and business data.

New research by Microsoft has shown that Windows XP is five times as susceptible to viruses and attacks as Windows 8.1 because older operating systems were not designed to be protected against the fast evolving exploitation techniques and threats of today.

“End of Service doesn’t mean XP will stop running, but over time security and performance will be severely affected,” said Rotimi Olumide, Windows Group Lead for West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.

“The latest International Data Corporation (IDC) data shows that businesses are prone to spend three times more on dealing with security issues in the next year if they don’t plan to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.” With Microsoft studies showing that PCs running XP are estimated to double productivity costs within two to five years, operating systems like Windows 8, coupled with a productivity suite like Office 365, not only offer complete protection against modern threats, but ensure enhanced business efficiency. “With small businesses contributing up to 50% of GDP and up to 90% of employment in many sub-Saharan African economies, it is vital that they embrace newer technologies to remain competitive and thrive in the modern-era,” said Olumide.

 

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