Software king of the world, Microsoft is going out of its way to convince the world+dog that it is much better to upgrade to Windows 8.1.
A statement which has crossed our desk implies that while users might not actually like Windows 8.1 they are better off upgrading to it because it has much better security.
Even those who do not like Windows 8 should consider it for its superior security as opposed to older Microsoft operating systems, if nothing else, the company tells us.
As you might expect the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, seems to be targeted at Windows XP users which Vole is preparing to abandon.
Windows XP users are six times more likely to become infected than machines running Windows 8, the report says. The raw numbers are that 9.1 Windows XP machines need to be cleaned per 1000 versus 1.6 Windows 8 machines. In addition, Windows XP machines also encounter more malware than Windows 8 machines, with 16.3 percent of XP machines encountering it vs 12.4 percent of Windows 8 machines, the report says.
Windows XP machines also encounter more malware than Windows 8 machines, with 16.3 percent of XP machines encountering it vs 12.4 percent of Windows 8 machines, the report says.
However the report also attacks Windows 7 which is widely seen as a better alternative to XP and Windows 8.
Windows 7 computers have the highest encounter rate with malware with 19.1 percent and Windows 7 machines are more than three times more likely (5.5 per 1000) to become infected than Windows 8 machines.
It looks like Microsoft is attempting to convince the world that the main reason to upgrade to Windows 8.1 is security, part of which is supplied by Windows Defender anti-virus. What appears to be the problem is that many users of older operating systems do not use Defender or any third-party AV software.