CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

12 March 2014

Kenya: Microsoft to Cease Windows XP Support From April 8 This Year

Users of Windows XP will no longer receive critical security patches and updates after April 8, the date when Microsoft will stop any further support for the operating system leaving it vulnerable to hackers, viruses and spyware.

According to Microsoft, Windows XP is five times more susceptible to attacks and viruses as compared to Windows 8.1 following the evolution of attacks over the years.

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

Microsoft says Windows 8 equipped with suites like Office 365 offers complete protection against modern threats and offers more value than the PCs running on XP that are only expected to double productivity costs within two to five years.

Director of Technology & Operations at NIC Bank Chege Thumbi also says the startup time has been reduced from several minutes to seconds, and the range of business applications means the bank can continue to innovate and remain industry leaders.

"Moving off Windows XP was a critical and necessary decision for the Bank. With Windows 8 we know that our systems are secure with the latest security hot fixes, giving us peace of mind, and everything operates more smoothly and efficiently."

Olumide adds that it is essential that small businesses that contribute up to 50% of GDP and up to 90% of employment in many sub-Saharan African economies embrace newer technologies to remain competitive and thrive in the modern-era.

Apart from increased speed, reliability, security, a range of productivity-boosting apps, and lower-cost of ownership Windows 8 and Window 8.1 also offers a modern platform designed for a new generation of hardware experiences to ensure the modern workforce has the tools that allow them to stay productive and connected virtually anytime, anywhere.

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