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Older PCs Expose Organizations to Security Vulnerabilities and IT Threats: Microsoft

Microsoft conducts a study to understand the affects of using old PCs and OS on SMBs, reveals exposure to security vulnerabilities and loss of productivity. 

Microsoft has recently conducted a study in partnership with global SMB IT market research and analyst organization TechAisle, which polled almost 2,000 SMBs across Asia Pacific.

The study revealed that SMBs in India with PCs that are more than four years old and running older OS can experience more than double productivity losses as compared to newer PCs. Older PCs have also been found to expose organizations to security vulnerabilities and IT threats. Nearly 43% SMBs still own PCs that are more than four years old and are running older OS.

The study found that the continued delay in SMBs’ adoption of newer technological infrastructure across business functions, was due to factors such as perceived app incompatibility and high costs associated with acquiring and maintaining new IT hardware and software. Nearly two-thirds of SMBs surveyed (66%) said they did not have a PC refresh policy nor were they actively pursuing it.

Technology can be a real enabler for businesses, both small and large, and SMBs need to recognise the value that IT investment can bring to their present and future growth. SMBs employ over 110 million people in India, significantly contributing to India’s economic growth. Microsoft is helping SMBs in India realise their ambitions and succeed in this competitive marketplace,”

Farhana Haque, Group Director – Devices, Microsoft India.

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