JAPAN — According to NHK, 70 per cent of Japanese prefectural governments computer operating systems are set to expire and there’s little to no plan to upgrade.
Operating systems come and go, but this latest end cycle could have consequences for Microsoft. Image courtesy: WMC
In December, Japan’s Internal Affairs Ministry warned of the potential dangers that keeping the soon-to-be-unsupported operating system in use on computers. When the support runs dry, Microsoft will not be able to supply defect-correcting fixes or give support to users.
A Microsoft OS is guaranteed for a total of 10 years with full support for half of the time and the other half with limited support. After the expiration, the OS is still functional, but the software will not be upgraded making potential bugs and vulnerabilities a liability for the Japanese government.
A survey by Trend Micro from early January revealed that only 22 per cent of businesses in Japan uses Windows 2003 and only half of them are projected to continue using the OS. As of the end of 2014, approximately 210,000 units, or 8.8 per cent of computers in Japan, use Windows 2003, according to IDC Japan.
While Japan’s prefectural offices might be lagging behind on the software front, Japan’s businesses are still keeping to the leading edge with operating systems.
On Tuesday, Microsoft investors took off $35 billion dollars of market value from the company without much explanation. The downtrend came as a surprise at the company’s is seeing an almost 15-year high in stocks that have steadily been gaining ground over the last 12 months.
According to a Reuters article, the company saw a buying rush near to the end of Window’s XP support date. The phaseout from last year put 13 million PC’s at risk in Japan and many, many more around the world.
Although the upgrade from XP to Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 may have given the company a slight boost in worldwide sales, this latest phaseout could be troubling to companies that, perhaps as a measure to save a little cash, upgraded to Windows 2003.