Singapore moves on from Windows 7, mostly | #microsoft | #microsoftsecurity

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Globally, 22 per cent of PC users continue to run the outdated Windows 7 operating system, but not in Singapore, where just 16 per cent of consumers and only 9.6 per cent of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) use the OS, according to cyber security firm Kaspersky. 

Microsoft ended Windows 7 support on 14 January 2020 as the 10-year period for which it promised to provide support for the operating system, which was released in October 2009, came to an end.  

The move to cease support meant that technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect PCs were no longer available for the product.  

“Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available,” the vendor said at the time.  

Turns out not everyone heeded the call to upgrade. Although more people in Singapore than many other parts of the world have clearly been on the same page as Microsoft, making the move to a newer, supported, version of Windows. 

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