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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. 

Source: Sky



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RE: Not for anyone
By Motoman on 4/23/2014 11:48:27 AM , Rating: 2
None of which matter to the VAST majority of the world's PC users.

Other than your last point, which really isn't an issue if you keep current with OS patches and antivirus/antimalware.

The rest of your list is less than worthless to the hundreds of millions of PC users that never do anything more sophisticated than Facebook and email.


RE: Not for anyone
By Labotomizer on 4/23/2014 12:25:55 PM , Rating: 2
If you're using your computer for Facebook and Email then you DEFINITELY need to get off XP. You're really showing serious ignorance here.


RE: Not for anyone
By Motoman on 4/23/2014 12:29:40 PM , Rating: 2
Check the mirror pal. You're projecting.

If your position were even vaguely true, the world's XP computers would have all been unusable a long time ago. But there's still hundreds of millions of them in use...and they're working well. That right there proves you wrong.


RE: Not for anyone
By Labotomizer on 4/23/2014 12:44:11 PM , Rating: 2
HAHAHAHAHA

You're awesome. Yes, I'm showing my ignorance. I probably don't have a background in system architecture and design. I probably don't have a background in network security. Nope.

Saying XP is "as good as" Windows 7 in security is FACTUALLY wrong. It's not an opinion. It is a fact.


RE: Not for anyone
By Motoman on 4/23/2014 12:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
Point out to me where I said XP is "as good as" Windows 7 in security.

Go on. I'll wait.

I said if you stay current on patches and antivirus/antimalware, you're fine.

Those two items are not the same. That is a fact.


RE: Not for anyone
By Labotomizer on 4/23/2014 12:54:59 PM , Rating: 2
Son of a b.....

This would be a hell of a lot more fun if we were at a bar. Plus, I doubt we'd be discussing the merits of XP. Good on you sir.

Although I still think home users are at far bigger risk running XP than corporate users.


RE: Not for anyone
By Motoman on 4/23/2014 12:57:33 PM , Rating: 2
I would agree about being at a bar.

Home users are always at a bigger risk - because no one else is making sure their machines are patched and that their security utilities are up to date.

At any rate, I am happy to close this topic, and bid you good day.


RE: Not for anyone
By Labotomizer on 4/23/2014 12:59:41 PM , Rating: 2
That works out, I need to get back to my ESL classes. :)


RE: Not for anyone
By FaaR on 4/24/2014 3:21:54 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, so you're the authority on what the vast majority of the world's people need. Good to know!

Anyway, if you're using a windows xp computer to facebonk and email with you're better off with a tablet. XP computers in this day and age are hilariously slow, inefficient, old and obsolete.

In any case, it's not really enough just to be up to date with antivirus and security patches (what security patches one might say, going forward), as the OS is inherently insecure compared to more modern software. Like the Ford Pinto, winXP has the gas tank behind the rear axle, just waiting to get rear-ended. It's never going to be as secure, or heck, secure period, compared to windows8.

Damn, can't believe I sit here defending that POS win8, look what you made me do!!! ;)


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