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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 12:40:24 PM , Rating: 1
1) Explorer leaked memory when folders were left open

Maybe. The vast majority of users don't care.

2) XP was noticeably slower than 7, and 7 is slower than 8

No it's not. Especially not on hardware that originally came with XP.

3) 64-bit support was difficult to include to XP (PAE is NOT acceptable)

To you. The vast majority of users don't know what PAE is, and don't care, and also don't care what the bit-level of their OS is. They just want it to work.

4) XP's architecture made it difficult to secure

And yet it's fine if you stay current with patches and antivirus/antimalware - if it wasn't, there wouldn't be hundreds of millions of XP machines in use today.

But I can't say I feel for anyone still using XP who's complaining that MS won't support it any more.

I don't either. In fact, I spent a decent amount of time explaining why no one should complain.

I don't disagree that people need to leave XP fact, I've been busy migrating a lot of people/businesses away from XP for the past few months. However, the point stands and is irrefutably valid that the *only* reason for the VAST majority of the world's PC owners to move away from XP is the fact that Microsoft finally EOLd it. If Microsoft would still support it, then the vast hordes of PC users could still happily use XP now...and probably essentially forever. At least until they themselves died, and the grandkids threw their antique computing devices in the trash.

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