Over 600,000 PCs in S'pore need upgrades

Over 600,000 PCs in S'pore need upgrades

SINGAPORE - Ten per cent of PCs in Singapore will no longer receive OS updates from Microsoft from April 8 next year.

Last Wednesday, the software corporation reminded businesses and consumers here that they will no longer provide security updates, non-security related fixes, online technical content updates or phone assistance for Windows XP in six months' time.

Users of the 600,000 PCs here still running on Windows XP, an 11-year-old operating system, are urged to upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8.

Windows XP is no longer capable of handling sophisticated cyber attacks and demands for more data privacy and productivity, Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report released in April found.

It is up to 56.5 times more vulnerable than Windows 8.

"Time is running out," says Mr Handoko Andi, manager of client devices research at IDC Asia/Pacific.

"In order to make sure that PCs continue to be securely supported and operational, both consumers and businesses alike should be migrating to newer versions of the operating system now, given the termination of extended support for Windows XP in just six months' time."

Customers can visit the Windows Upgrade Centre website, which has insights from analysts and customers on their XP OS migration journey.

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