These computers are still running the aging Windows XP operating system, for which
An estimated 7.23 million Windows XP-based PCs are still in use by companies, accounting for 20 percent of all PCs they use. Migration to newer operating systems such as Windows 8.1 has been slow, especially at small and midsize companies as managers are unaware of the problem or want to avoid costs needed to update their computer systems.
According to a survey conducted by the
Local governments have been slow in updating such machines as their business systems, including handling data on taxation and residents, use Windows XP.
If a company or local government shifts to a newer operating system, it needs to not only upgrade PCs' software but also make its spreadsheets, calculating and other programs workable under the new operating system. Necessary work takes several months.
Sales agents of Microsoft Japan are also stepping up preparations for an end to support for Windows XP.
An estimated 5.97 million PCs owned by individuals, or 14 percent of such PCs, are running Windows XP, which was released in 2001. While PCs for personal use are losing ground to tablet computers, the coming end to support for the operating system will "create opportunities for digging out demand for PCs" among individuals, said an official at leading PC maker
In fact, PC manufacturers have launched sales promotion campaigns such as price cuts and hikes in trade-in prices in a bid to capitalize on last-minute demand before the end to support for Windows XP and an increase in the consumption tax in April.
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