One-Quarter Of Asia Pacific Firms Face Windows XP Security Risks

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft stopped technical support for Windows XP; XP customers will no longer receive security or technical updates, hotfixes, or free or paid assistance. Microsoft statistics show that around 25% of PCs in Asia Pacific still run XP. Asia Pacific enterprises haven’t migrated away from XP because:

  • Technology management departments didn’t communicate the need well enough and thus have not received the necessary funding to migrate to Windows 7 or 8.
  • Many firms rely on legacy applications that run on XP and are often incompatible with the latest versions of Windows. For example, an Australia-based oil and gas exploration firm faced application compatibility issues when migrating from XP to Windows 7.
  • Some enterprises underestimated the work required to migrate to a new OS and are still halfway through their project.
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