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China has a serious Windows XP problem

Microsoft has been pushing hard in the United States to get corporations and individual users to abandon Windows XP and move to more modern versions like Windows 7 and Windows 8. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will deliver its last Windows XP security update, and that also happens to be the day that Microsoft hopes to have as many companies and individual users rid themselves of Windows XP altogether.

By April 8, 2014, estimates are that about 10% of all computers in the U.S. will still be running Windows XP. As high as that number sounds, it's only a tiny fraction of the number of computers in China that will still be running Windows XP when April 8 rolls around. In China, roughly 65% of all computers are expected to still be on Windows XP when April 8, 2014 rolls around.

Analytics firm Net Applications estimated that 37.2% of personal computers around the world ran Windows XP last month. Estimates from Microsoft showing 1.4 billion Windows computers around the globe, which would mean about 570 million PCs globally still run Windows XP. Data shows that 16.4% of all personal computers were running Windows XP in the U.S. during the month of July. In China, 72.1% of all computers relied on XP.

Opinions vary on why Windows XP is still so widely used by individuals and corporations. Some believe that XP is still so widely used because businesses continue to run custom or niche applications that would be prohibitively expensive to upgrade. Individuals running Windows XP may also have a computer that is working just fine on Windows XP for mundane duties such as email, internet browsing, and image viewing.
As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Source: Network World

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RE: Just make Windows 7 free.
By kleinma on 8/8/2013 10:11:21 AM , Rating: 5
What do you do for a living? I think you should do it for free 3 days a week. The benefits are obvious.
1) Makes you feel better about your work
2) Your company looks more profitable
3) Easier to see how your comment makes no sense

RE: Just make Windows 7 free.
By quiksilvr on 8/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: Just make Windows 7 free.
By inighthawki on 8/8/2013 11:34:47 AM , Rating: 5
Where are you getting this seemingly random statistic. First and foremost, Microsoft has never even released an OS in under a years time, let alone 6 months. The closest is going to be 8.1 and it's release date is targeted a little after 12 months.

Secondly, no version of windows has ever hit mass adoption so quickly. Even win7, their fastest growing os ever, is still not holding a market share as high as you think, even after about 4 years. This might be more applicable if win7 had like 98% market of all windows pcs, but its not even close. Probably barely 50% or less.

Your idea is about the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life.

RE: Just make Windows 7 free.
By DanNeely on 8/8/2013 11:49:30 AM , Rating: 2
If you read "market" as "available in retail" his comment is reasonable. Newegg is about 50/50 between w7 and w8; but the last few times I was in a boxmart I don't think I saw a single computer still running win7.

RE: Just make Windows 7 free.
By quiksilvr on 8/8/2013 1:06:44 PM , Rating: 2
Ahhhhh, I see the confusion, my apologies, let me try to re-explain.

6-12 months after the NEXT OS. Meaning Windows 7 is out for 4 years, Windows 8 comes out, and 6-12 months AFTER Windows 8 comes out, make Windows 7 free.

Windows 8.1 I see more of a Service Pack and not part of this equation. Reading back I see the "wtf are you talking about". My bad.

RE: Just make Windows 7 free.
By kleinma on 8/8/2013 3:49:21 PM , Rating: 5
I still read what you say with a "wtf are you talking about"...

I fail to see how Microsoft giving away an old outdated OS for free helps them in any way, shape, or form. You seem to think that will make them somehow magically upgrade to a paid version of a more modern OS?

How many 2013 cars would ford sell if they were giving away unsold 2011 models for free?

RE: Just make Windows 7 free.
By inighthawki on 8/9/2013 11:10:39 AM , Rating: 2
I foresee everyone just waiting until the next version anxiously anticipating their "free upgrade" :)

RE: Just make Windows 7 free.
By PrinceGaz on 8/10/2013 8:44:12 AM , Rating: 3
I think he has a great idea.

It means I could now obtain a free copy of Windows 7 to replace XP which I am still using (because it runs everything I want to run perfectly fine).

Of course it also means I would never ever need to buy another copy of Windows because the previous version (or previous version but one when Vista was the previous version) would be just as good for me as the current version. The same probably applies to 95% of users... which could be why Microsoft have chosen not to adopt that policy.

RE: Just make Windows 7 free.
By inighthawki on 8/10/2013 7:32:54 PM , Rating: 3
The same probably applies to 95% of users... which could be why Microsoft have chosen not to adopt that policy.

Or probably more likely because businesses don't normally give their products away for free.

RE: Just make Windows 7 free.
By kleinma on 8/8/2013 3:46:29 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty easy to make a case when you know nothing about how MS oem licenses work and also when you just make up random stats and timetables.

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