Microsoft To Provide Technology Boost To Odisha’s SMEs

Technology giant Microsoft will be supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Odisha in switching over and upgrading their old systems to secure modern platforms that have evolved over the years. With more than 19 lakh registered SMEs, Odisha is one of the top hotspots for technology-based requirements and is on the radar of Microsoft India, says Priyadarshi Mohapatra, Consumers and Devices, Microsoft India.

Once a Personal Computer turns four years or older, it loses its productivity, and operational costs in terms of repair and maintenance rise significantly. A study revealed that the cost of running an old PC is nearly three times that of purchasing a new device. This consequentially hogs up firm revenues and becomes a rather recurring expenditure.

Microsoft’s study, conducted across 21 cities in India, also estimated that SMEs in Odisha were spending an estimated ₹93,500 to service their existing fleet of machines which were more than four years old. Over 30% SMEs are using PCs with systems older than the said productive lifespan, the report added.

“Microsoft is constantly working with the PC manufacturers to introduce Windows 10 powered PCs that empowers SMEs to address their key business needs and enables them to use the latest technologies that will support the business applications they are using”, Mohapatra said.

He suggested existing users upgrade their computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as early as possible, as the support base for the former would be terminated on January 14, 2020. Such devices would be exposed to malware attacks and could fall prey to serious security lapses, he added.

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