Nigerians React to Microsoft’s Decision to End Support for Windows XP


Some Nigerian Information Communication Technology (ICT) experts on Wednesday shared views on software giant, Microsoft’s move to end technical support for its longest running Operating System (OS), Windows XP.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews in Lagos that it was not doomsday and consumers should take proactive steps to upgrade to the newest versions of windows OS.

Earlier this month, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, which was launched in October 2001, and is now three generations behind the latest OS Windows.

Bayo Banjo, President, Nigeria Internet Group, NIG, said when Microsoft released Windows XP in 2001, no one could have predicted that it would still be in use in 2013.

More amazing! It isn’t just still in use, it is extremely popular!” he exclaimed.

Banjo said nearly 40 per cent of the world’s estimated one billion computers ran Windows XP.

In Nigeria, at least 40 to 50 per cent of public and private economy still runs on XP, despite the warning that was communicated by Microsoft more than two years ago. Despite a number of other operating systems available in today’s market, XP is second only to Windows 7 as the most-popular operating system around,” he said.

Banjo urged consumers to quickly upgrade to the latest version of windows OS, because running Windows XP was, in principle at least, less secured than a Windows 8 PC.

If consumers continue using XP, their system would be highly susceptible to ‘malware’ and other online risks, which can permanently destroy your system and disrupt your operations,” he said.

Also, Uwa Agbonile, Chief Software Architect, Infoware Ltd., said Windows XP had remained popular because it was stable, fast, powerful, and relatively simple to use.

What’s more, many people still run XP simply because after more than a decade, it’s what they have become accustomed to using. The discontinuation of security patches is the most damaging part of terminating support for XP,” Mr. Agbonile said.

He urged computer users to upgrade or replace hardware with newer equipment which did not support XP or they will fall victim to a security flaw Microsoft never patched.

New attacks are constantly developed, but XP computers will no longer be receiving patches to counteract exploits; the operating system’s security will degrade over time,” Mr. Agbonile said.

Contributing, Ifeyinwa Afe, Product Category Manager, Hewlett Packard Nigeria Ltd., strongly recommended that consumers still relying on XP should start planning now to move to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Windows 7 is a popular and successful operating system and has been widely adopted in the business world, but it’s just a reasonably small leap for most users. The Windows 8 interface on the other hand is a complete overhaul and the learning curve is much steeper, but it still merits consideration,” she said.

Ms. Afe said most diehard XP users were scared of the effect the upgrade might have on their system and business, as well as the cost implications.

The upgrade to windows 7 or 8 is seamless for individual users, but for organisations and corporations, it might involve a little more technicality, which can be tackled by experts. Stakeholders, government and well-meaning individuals, should come together to campaign about the implications of end-of-support for XP and the need to upgrade- to avoid disaster,” she said.


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