On 8 April 2014, the world finally bid farewell to the venerable Windows XP. Microsoft officially retired support for the 12-year old operating system as well as Office 2003, including automatic security patches. To make transitioning to the latest technology powered by Windows 8 and Intel technology for SMEs easier, Microsoft Malaysia has partnered Telekom Malaysia (“TM”) and Intel Malaysia to launch ‘Good Bye XP, Good Buy Windows 8’ trade-in program.
The trade-in, trade-up program runs from 1 April – 30 June 2014. Any SME business owner who is a Telekom Malaysia customer can bring along their latest TM bill (UniFi, Streamyx or any other TM service) to ongoing TM SME BizFiesta and TM SME BizFest roadshows nationwide, to trade in their old notebook or desktop PCs. SMEs will be able to purchase a new Windows 8.1 device powered by Intel processors at a special promo price.
Participating brands include Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo. SMEs stand to save up to RM600 per device with this program. With the door on support for Windows XP officially closed, it is crucial for businesses to upgrade to newer versions of Windows and Microsoft Office to ensure their ability to be productive and secure remain intact.
Without support, it means that customer will no longer receive any new security updates, non-security hotfixes and free or paid assisted support. Ultimately, customers will be open to any new vulnerabilities namely malware attacks and other security risks discovered in Windows XP after its “end of life” period. Additionally, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP, meaning it will be likely drivers required to run Windows XP may no longer be available.
Azziah Ali, Director, Small and Medium Solutions and Partners, Microsoft Malaysia said, old OS can no longer address. Good Bye XP, Good Buy Windows 8 is a timely initiative to help business owners make the much needed migration to stay at the forefront of technology, and at the same time avoid the security pitfalls of outdated and unsupported software.”
Still on Windows XP? It’s a great time to upgrade.
For more info on TM SME BizFest. visit www.tm.com.my/smebizfest2014