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Microsoft to discontinue XP support

23 August 2013, 17:13

Lagos - Microsoft, the global technology firm, announced plans to discontinue its long-running support for the Windows XP operating system, widely used in personal computers and laptops, because of security concerns.

Microsoft Acting Country Manager for Nigeria, Awawu Olumide-Sojirin, told journalists in Lagos the company would stop sending updates in April next year.

She said the measure was taken to protect users of the application from fraudsters and hackers who had found devious ways to make windows XP vulnerable.

Awawu noted that Microsoft have since launched window 8 to replace Windows XP and urged users to switch to that version to avoid security breaches.

“Microsoft’s primary focus is to ensure users are protected and Windows 8 is thus capable of providing better security against malware. It contains a Defender; a full-featured anti-virus solution included in every edition of the operating system,” Olumide-Sojirin said.

“That is why we are encouraging companies to upgrade to Windows 8. The reasons are obvious. Security is and remains a high priority investment area. With that, we have enabled a broad range of new capabilities that address the top security needs and threats that we are facing today.”

Oluyomi Alarape, a data center solutions specialist for Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, said Microsoft was ending support for XP because “technology has dramatically changed.”

“An 11-year-old operating system can no longer address today’s business and technology needs nor security threats.
"While XP was one of the most popular operating systems in Microsoft’s history, it was not designed to handle the challenges of today, such as the increased exposure to cyber-attacks and demands for more data privacy, unlike our newer operating systems such as Windows 7 and 8," he said.

Nigeria, where Microsoft commands a significant market share, is however one of the bedrocks of cyber crime in the world.

- CAJ News


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