Microsoft’s warnings have not entirely fallen on deaf ears. Over 80 percent of computers in enterprises in India have made the switch from Windows XP to newer versions of the OS. But about 16 percent are still based on the more-than-a-decade-old platform.
With only a few working days to go before the support for XP is pulled, Microsoft has issued yet another warning to all the companies in the subcontinent who are still using it. As you may already know, the Redmond-based conglomerate will end support for the OS on April 8, 2014.
Most of the people who still use Windows XP at their work places, will be at risk as the software giant will stop offering support required to keep threats at bay. Thus, their sensitive data and apps will be vulnerable.
Karan Bajwa, Managing Director, Microsoft Corporation India has revealed in a statement that most companies here have wasted no time in making the transition to either Windows 7 or 8. He also stated that XP-based computers are almost 6 times more likely to get infected with malware compared to Windows 8-running systems.
Hopefully, now with just over a month to go before Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, companies will adopt the newer platforms. These 16 percent firms should also keep in mind that their maintenance costs will increase to an extent, if they continue using the old software.