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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 1:56:28 PM , Rating: 2
Did you even read my post? I pointed out quite clearly how no one has any right to complain about MS ending support.

As for:

quote:
YOU are not the only person on earth.


First of all, I *do* use them. Like you do. Unlike you, though, I'm perfectly cognizant of the fact that the both of us are firmly in a tiny minority, statistically speaking. The *vast* majority of the billion or so PC users in the world are not like us at all.

They need to access Facebook and send email. Pretty much it.


RE: Not for anyone
By Spuke on 4/23/2014 3:23:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
They need to access Facebook and send email. Pretty much it.
No one uses their desktops for this anymore. This is all done by mobile devices now. Seriously a lot of people's desktops are collecting dust nowadays. My sis-in-law only uses hers for paying bills.


RE: Not for anyone
By Motoman on 4/23/2014 5:41:53 PM , Rating: 3
Sure. And therefore, if Microsoft wasn't EOLing XP, XP would continue to be fine for her...

...and others like her.

BTW though, there's at least a whole generation that *does not* do such things on their phones. But they do still do them on their desktops. And probably will until they die.


"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs














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