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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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Roll on April 9th.
By drycrust3 on 8/8/2013 5:03:54 PM , Rating: 2
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In China, roughly 65% of all computers are expected to still be on Windows XP when April 8, 2014 rolls around....
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.

My observation, when I was in China in 2007, was most XP installations were pirated, thus Microsoft got no money from them, so Microsoft made it so those computers would fail the Windows Genuine Advantage tests, thus those computers weren't getting any security updates either. Thus, on April 9th, 2014, it will business as normal (less the constant fight with malware) in China.
I guess one could argue that it wouldn't cost Microsoft much if they had allowed security updates to pirated versions of XP, and it would mean the average version of security was higher than it is now, which would have made every user better off than they are now, but Microsoft is within their rights to do what they did.
It seemed to me that a common practice amongst American companies was to go to China and to expect customers to pay the same prices as American customers did, rather than set their prices so as to try and maximise the profit they got from that market.
I can't recall whether Microsoft had the same policy of pricing the same as the American equivalent or not, but my recollection is it was pretty rare, like once in a blue moon, to see what looked like a genuine Microsoft product on sale in a shop.
So I wouldn't expect a big rush to update Windows XP computers to the latest OS within the next few years.




RE: Roll on April 9th.
By mmarianbv on 8/9/2013 6:18:02 AM , Rating: 2
what crappy craks those chinese use ?

almost from launch pirated versions are able to use windows update just fine.


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