Windows XP Continues to Dominate the Corporate World in China
August 8, 2013 9:03 AM
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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.”
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The problem with XP...
8/8/2013 11:08:25 AM
...is that there's no problem with XP.
It's fine. For the *vast* majority of PC users, XP is a perfect fit for their needs, and there's less than no reason to consider upgrading.
The problem MS faces now is that their last 3 OSs are all "fine." If you currently have XP, Vista, or Win7 on your PC, you likely have no problems with that OS and don't need anything else. Yes, even Vista...once all the driver issues and such were sorted out, it's fine too.
Naturally, the Fisher-Price UI that MS put on top of Win8 was a massive calamity too, but even without that the vast majority of users would see no reason to upgrade.
XP was easily "good enough" - and still is. So is Vista and Win7, and whenever Win9 comes out, people on Win8 will almost certainly be in the same boat.
Hardware needs also plateaued a long time ago for the vast majority of users, meaning that there's not really any need for people to buy new PCs to be able to run some new killer app. People are using their PCs until they physically die...which may be a 10-year cycle in a lot of cases.
RE: The problem with XP...
8/8/2013 11:11:26 AM
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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