Microsoft to stop support for XP users

BANGKOK - Microsoft Friday reminded business and consumers in Thailand with PCs still running Windows XP that it will officially retire service and support for Windows XP in six months time, on April 8, 2014.

More than 5.7 million PCs in Thailand, or 28 per cent of PCs in Thailand, are still running on Windows XP, an 11-year-old operating system no longer capable of handling sophisticated cyber-attacks and demands for more data privacy and productivity.

Thailand has one of the highest Windows XP installed bases in Asia Pacific, according to StatCounter figures for September 2013.

After April 8, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or non-security related fixes; there won't be a number to call for technical assistance nor online technical content updates for Windows XP.

This means that users will no longer receive the updates that help protect PCs from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. This may result in downtime and software compatibility issues.

Rachod Isarankura Na Ayuthaya, Windows Client Business Group Lead, Microsoft (Thailand) said that while no one likes change, consumers and businesses need to consider newer operating systems like Windows 7 or 8 in order to modernise their computing devices and stay safe from cyber-attacks and data loss.

"With the typical deployment times for upgrades spanning three to six months for small businesses, and more than six months for mid-sized businesses, we are really worried that companies in Thailand are cutting it too close to the end of service date. We're committed to helping Thailand upgrade," said Rachod.