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Microsoft tells Asian SMEs to upgrade software

Thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises all over Asia are being enticed by Microsoft to modernise their information-technology infrastructure before the end of support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014.



This involves a multi-pronged approach including a 15-per-cent discount on Windows 8 and Office 2013 through the company's volume licensing programme, notebook and tablet upgrade offers, and an "SME IT Makeover" contest in Thailand and across the region.

SMEs running Windows XP and Office 2003 need to be aware that after these products no longer receive support from Microsoft, they will be exposed to security and privacy risks and software incompatibility. Should such problems occur, they will not have anyone to call, and may experience downtime and higher total cost of ownership.

Microsoft's "Security Intelligence Report, Volume 14", which was released last month, highlighted that personal computers running Windows XP with SP3 were 2.5 times as vulnerable as Windows 7 SP, and about 14 times as vulnerable as Windows 8.

Since May 1, SMEs in Thailand have been able to participate in the "Get2Modern SME IT Makeover Contest" giving them a chance to modernise their operations with free Windows 8 Pro notebooks and tablets, Office 365 Small Business Premium subscriptions and migration services worth US$6,000.

All country winners will also qualify for an Asia-Pacific-level contest, where one final winner will be crowned by votes across the region in July and will receive an additional $9,000 worth of Microsoft software, notebooks, tablets and migration services.

Interested participants can choose to upload a video or photo of their current work space through www.microsoft.com/business/th-th/Pages/it-makeovercontest.aspx and fill out an online form on why they are interested in modernising their desktops with Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013.

The Get2Modern SME IT Makeover Contest will end on June 15.


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