Market research firm StatCounter said on Dec. 16 that 21.86 percent of PCs in South Korea still ran on Windows 7 as of last month. With technical support for the operating system scheduled to end on Jan. 14, 2020, approximately five million PCs are likely to be exposed to viruses, malicious codes, and the like. For reference, the ratio had been 35.87 percent at the end of January this year.
Back in 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack occurred to infect 300,000 PCs in 150 countries across the world. The massive damage was because Windows XP users did not update their operating system. Experts point out that the same attack can be repeated next year.
Microsoft is planning to promote its new operating system by providing certain incentives such as some discounts for those who return Windows 7 PCs and buy Windows 10 Pro PCs. The incentives will remain effective until June next year.