An estimated 7.2 million users of Windows XP installed in personal computers (PCs) in Thailand are being advised to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8, because Microsoft will end support for the 11-year-old operating system on April 8, 2014.
A customer walks near a display of Microsoft Windows XP software at a CompUSA store 22 March, 2006, in San Francisco, California. Microsoft, the world's largest software company, announced that it will delay the much anticipated launch of its Vista operating system scheduled for mid 2006. Vista is expected to be released January 2007 to consumers and November 2006 to business customers. (AFP Photo)
Microsoft (Thailand) will start offering a special upgrade programme in May.
When Microsoft retires Windows XP, users of this operating system will not receive updates against harmful viruses, spyware or other malicious software that can steal personal information.
As of March 2013, StatCounter, a web traffic analysis tool, indicated that Windows XP is the operating system on 36.40% of PCs in Thailand, about 7.2 million computers and a bit higher than the average in Asia of 34%.
The data also shows that about 50% of PCs in Thailand are already on Windows 7 and, in the last two months, there has been an uptake of Windows 8.
According to Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report released in June 2012, PCs with Windows XP are more vulnerable than those installed with Windows 7.
The company said malware has become a severe threat in the last decade with an increase from only 1,000 bad bugs in 1991 to millions in 2012, so Windows XP users are advised to upgrade to improve their computer's security against invasion.