Windows 7 Is a Lot Safer than XP, Microsoft Report Confirms
Article by George Norman
On 19 May 2011
If you are still on Windows XP, then I strongly advise you to upgrade to Windows 7; perhaps get a new PC, because a modern, properly good operating system (OS) as Windows 7 deserves modern hardware to run on. There are several reasons why you would want to upgrade to Windows 7.

First there’s the looks and the functionality. Windows 7 looks a lot better than Windows XP did and does everything faster and better than XP did. Then there’s the security – Windows 7, according to the recently released Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 10, is a lot safer than Windows XP.

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Volume 10 is Microsoft’s most comprehensive global threat report to date, detailing in depth the state of software vulnerabilities, exploits, security breaches, and malware in 2010. The info has been gathered from more than 600 million machines from 117 countries.

The report explains that infection rates for newer Microsoft operating systems are a lot lower than infection rates on older versions of the Windows operating system. The report showed that per 1,000 computers, Windows 7 64-bit scored 2.5 infections and Windows 7 32-bit scored 3.8 infections; Windows XP SP3 scored 15.9 infections, XP SP2 scores 19.3 infections. Crunching the numbers Microsoft concluded that Windows 7 is four to five times less vulnerable than Windows XP.

“As in previous periods, infection rates for more recently released Microsoft operating systems and service packs are consistently lower than older ones, for both client and server platforms. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the most recently released Windows client and server versions, respectively, have the lowest infection rates,” said Microsoft in the Security Intelligence Report volume 10.

Microsoft went on to say that fewer infections were recorded on 64-bit versions of Windows compared to 32-bit versions and an explanation for this fact could be that more tech-savvy users get 64-bit operating systems.

If you would like to take a look at the entire Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 10, you can grab it straight from Microsoft here.

Tags: Microsoft, Security, Windows 7, Windows XP
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