Chinese Government Says Windows 8 is too Expensive, Will Cling to XP
April 23, 2014 9:45 AM
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China is looking at home grown patch solutions now
For many people in the corporate world, there is no real reason or need to upgrade from the 14-year-old Windows XP to a more modern version like Windows 7 or Windows 8. Some cite costs as a reason for not upgrading, while others point to the fact that their “mature” integrated systems simply don’t need anything new or fancy to operate properly.
One of the largest organizations that has no desire to move away from Windows XP is the Chinese government. China instead plans to patch XP on its own rather than upgrade to Windows 8, because upgrading would be too expensive (Windows 8 sells for 888 yuan in China, or roughly $142).
Just a little bit of Windows XP nostalgia...
Chinese firms have reportedly released special protection patches to shore up XP’s defenses and the Chinese government says that it is now assessing those patches for its own use.
Estimates peg the number of Chinese computers using XP at nearly 70% compared to 18% in the U.S. As of early April, 25% of all PCs on the market were
still running Windows XP
Despite the reluctance for many to leave XP behind, Microsoft finally ended official support for Windows XP earlier this month. So many people weren't keen to move from XP in the business world that
Microsoft offered to extend support
for some companies for a hefty price.
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RE: Not for anyone
4/23/2014 10:16:31 AM
when moving to windows 7 (vista not so much but it did have some new nice features) the new features made my use much faster and hassle free.
This applies to the vast majority of people.
Example: the new show desktop button, the search in the new start menu,no more software icons, that's a big shift from how it was in the 90s.
Also the fast install, fast startup, all that stuff has gotten much faster. And SSD support.
Of course nothing of this is critical so the companies and government entities who just need it for their office and have no issues with security and are running old computers aren't willing to shell out money to upgrade, which for them is much more difficult for a single home user.
RE: Not for anyone
4/23/2014 11:46:43 AM
XP got a search bar at some point along the way. Works just like the one in Win7. It also had a show desktop button. No idea what you mean by "no software icons."
Fast install users don't care about. Fast startup...um, XP starts as fast as Win7 on the same hardware...if not faster. Win7 is *not* faster than XP on the same hardware, and in fact is likely to be significantly slower.
And the SSD support, again, the *vast* majority of users don't care about.
There are niches of PC users that care about things like that. But you have to understand you are a tiny minority compared to the billion other PC users in the world. The overwhelming majority of PC users never do anything more nifty than browsing the web and using AOL email. That's the market you're catering to.
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