Microsoft has launched two free tools — the PCmover Express for Windows XP tool and a website called AmIrunningXP.com —last week to help SMEs in Asia migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
The PCmove Express for Windows XP is a free migration tool which copies a user's files and settings from a Windows XP PC to a new device running on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. The tool can be downloaded from www.windowsxp.com.
The website AmIRunningXP.com helps users to automatically detect which version of Windows OS (operating system) their PC is running on. If Windows XP is detected, the site will provide links to guide users on how to upgrade to a modern OS.
Ditching Windows XP
Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, hot fixes, software patches and customer technical service assistance for Windows XP after 8 April 2014. Businesses relying on the twelve-year-old operating system will thus be vulnerable to viruses, spyware and other malicious software. Furthermore, the lack of technical support will result in costly productivity loss for businesses in the event of computer downtime or software compatibility issues, according to Microsoft's media statement.
Enterprises need to modernise their OS as Windows XP was not designed for emerging online security threats and today's mobile workforce, said Jason Lim, General Manager of Windows Business Group of Microsoft Asia Pacific.
According to the Microsoft's latest Security Intelligence Report, Windows XP SP3 was found to be 5.68 times more vulnerable than Windows 8, where Windows XP PCs have a staggering 82.4 percent higher malware infection rate.
Windows XP also lacks productivity features that are built into Windows 8.1 such as seamless cloud connectivity to OneDrive for storing documents.
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