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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 amanojaku on 8/8/2013 10:28:19 AM , Rating: 2
In my opinion, I think 6-12 months after the release of a new OS, the old OS should become free.
The only way this would work is if support was denied at the same time. This would not impact most home users, but it would impact companies who pay for support contracts. Without support, the software becomes a liability, something businesses cannot afford. By support, I mean bug fixes, as feature updates usually stop when an updated product comes out. XP extended support contracts run out in 2014, three OS releases later (Vista, 7, 8).

1) Makes upgrading to the new OS easier
Ease of upgrade has nothing to do with free vs. paid. It has everything to do with software compatibility and retention of existing settings and data. I never upgrade (clean install only), and I run as few applications as possible for those reasons. Corporations with poor application testing and data retention policies are the last ones to upgrade, because of the risk of data loss.
2) Easier to support
The use of the OS dictates the length of support. Windows is used in retail, banking, etc... You cannot drop support before companies have a reasonable chance to upgrade a significant portion of systems. Otherwise, you're putting them and their clients at risk in two ways, by having an unsupported product, or by forcing them to proceed with upgrades before they are ready.
3) Moves older computers off the shelves to make room for newer computers
That's not a good reason to end software support. A lot of new software runs well on old hardware. Windows 7 and 8 run well on many machines that were built for XP. In fact, I only upgraded to Windows 7 at home last year. I was running an Athlon XP 2800+ based desktop from 2006. Windows 7 was faster on that hardware than XP was. And newer hardware performance isn't so significant for things like spreadsheets, word processing, and web apps.

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