In line with its strong commitment to empower small-medium businesses (SMBs) in the country through relevant and accessible technology, Microsoft Philippines, together with its partners, encourage SMBs to modernize their IT infrastructure before the end of support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014 through a beneficial promo called Get2Modern.
Get2Modern, which runs from May 1 to June 28, 2013, entitles qualified SMBs to aspecial 15% discount on Windows 8 and Office 2013 through the Open License volume program, as well as Windows 8 Pro notebooks and tablet hardware upgrade offers.
Issa Aviles, Small and Medium Business and Enterprise Marketing Lead at Microsoft Philippines said, “SMBs form the backbone of the economy as they employ a large portion of the workforce and contribute significantly to productivity, export and revenues. Yet, many are stuck with old technology and processes which do not address today’s needs for increased collaboration and higher productivity for a multi-generational workforce and security.
Our goal through this effort is to help SMBs to modernize by moving away from old technologies like Windows XP or Office 2003 so they can truly realize new levels of productivity, experience stronger security and take advantage of cloud services cost effectively.”
In a recent study by the International Data Center (IDC), 75% of Asia Pacific companies have adopted or are planning to adopt enterprise social tools to increase collaboration and reduce operation costs . New collaboration and communications features found in the new versions of Office and Windows have been designed to support the needs of the fast growing population of mobile workers. IDC expects mobile workers in Asia Pacific to grow from 601.7 million in 2010 to 838.7 million in 2015 .
“As an entrepreneur and a designer, I am happy to know that Microsoft is enabling SMBs with the opportunity to access more modern IT solutions that will not just support but help our business attain further growth and enhanced productivity,” shared Aziza Mondonedo, Vice President for Operations of The Tinder Box. “Using the new Office and Windows 8 has been indispensable tools for our restaurant.”
In addition, SMBs running Windows XP and Office 2003need to be aware that these products will no longer receive support from Microsoft, which means they will be exposed to security and privacy risks, software incompatibility and higher total cost of ownership.
Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report, Volume 14, which was released in April 2013, highlighted that PCs running Windows XP with SP3 are 2.5 times more vulnerable than Windows 7 SP1, and about 14 times more vulnerable than Windows 8 .
More recently released versions of Windows also feature a number of security improvements, including Windows Defender, Early Launch Anti-Malware and SmartScreen Filter on Windows 8. These new features assist users in securing their information and protecting PCs against risk that could be detrimental to business operations.
Michael Barnes, Vice President & Research Director, Forrester Research said, “Since its release over a decade ago, Windows XP has proven to be the stalwart of reliability and performance of businesses for desktop computing. However, the industry has made some radical advances since then.
We no longer simply use technology. Our relationship with technology is evolving rapidly—largely as a result of the technology becoming much smarter with a greater focus on location and context to create compelling user experiences. While desktop computing will never completely disappear within the enterprise, the demands and expectations of users means that reliability and performance are simply par for the course.
With Microsoft’s support for Windows XP set to expire in April 2014, organizations now need to act swiftly to ensure they can implement a platform for enterprise computing able to support their business and users’ needs well into the coming decade.”
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