The Star (Nairobi)

15 March 2014

Kenya: Microsoft to End Windows XP Services

MICROSOFT plans to end Windows XP service and has warned users who will continue to use it that they will be highly vulnerable to security threats.

The software giant said computers currently running Windows XP will no longer receive critical security patches and updates from April 11, which could lead to attacks by viruses and spyware that can steal or damage personal information and business data.

"End of service doesn't mean XP will stop running, but over time security and performance will be severely compromised," Windows Group leader for Africa, Rotimi Olumide said.

He said their research revealed that Windows XP is five times susceptible to viruses and attacks than Windows 8.1 and urged users to migrate from this operating system to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.

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