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37 CDWG.com | 800.808.4239 > applications from networks and security-obsessed industries are taking notice. A number of IT decision- makers point to Windows 7's security features --- which include kernel patch protection, service hardening and data execution prevention --- as top migration drivers. Windows 8 bolsters security even further. According to Microsoft, a Windows 8 PC is 21 times less likely to be infected by malware than an XP machine because of security improvements engineered into the OS. Secure Boot is one example. It uses the Universal Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) technology to prevent attackers from installing malware on machines as components of the OS and anti-virus programs load during startup. Other important Windows 8 security additions include an enterprise-grade version of BitLocker data encryption director of Windows product marketing. " e car won't stop running immediately, but if you have a problem, you won't get the help you need." Need a further incentive? Consider the impending end-of-life for Microsoft Office 2003, which Microsoft also will officially stop supporting in April. Many organizations are already gaining competitive advantages from embracing the newer OS platforms. Windows 7 usurped XP as the most widely adopted OS two years ago, and it currently claims more than 46 percent of the total OS market. But Windows 8 is steadily gaining ground. A wide range of benefits are fueling these migrations, including these four chief returns on investment: 1. Enhanced Security and Compliance Capabilities: Windows 7 is better than its predecessors at protecting data and keeping unwanted and DirectAccess, a tool that helps secure remote users by letting IT managers enforce network-access policies. 2. Cost Savings: A move to a new OS is good for the bottom line. " ere's an inflection point where it's more difficult to support an older operating system than it is to migrate to a newer one," says Anil Desai, an independent IT consultant. " e cost of migrating is small compared to the human resource costs associated with ongoing support for outdated platforms." Recent research by IDC bears this out. For its study, Mitigating Risk: Why Sticking with Windows XP Is a Bad Idea, IDC determined that supporting a single Windows XP PC costs about $870 per year, significantly more than the estimated $168 for a PC running Windows 7. Similarly, IDC found that security- related downtime and other problems