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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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By luv2liv on 8/8/2013 10:28:19 AM , Rating: 0
keep it simple stupid.

if it aint broke, dont fix it.
i still have a win98 working. why bother buying a new machine or updating the OS?

By kleinma on 8/8/2013 10:57:13 AM , Rating: 3
Other than the fact that you can't run any modern software, or hardware, or view modern websites? I guess nothing, as long as you can get by with static content from 15 years ago.

By Dorkyman on 8/8/2013 11:09:50 AM , Rating: 1
Bull. W98 had some serious issues, but it works just fine with "modern websites."

Suggest you visit a Fry's Electronics store. Lots of stuff requires XP or higher, but lots doesn't.

Here, all our systems continue running XP. Stable, bullet-proof, reliable, well-known.

By StanO360 on 8/8/2013 1:46:54 PM , Rating: 3
XP is NOT 98(release 2 I presume). There is a huge gulf between the two. And there is not a lot that will run on it.

By ClownPuncher on 8/8/2013 12:53:53 PM , Rating: 2
Because win98 is terrible.

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