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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 2:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
The biggest difference between XP and 2000 may be the market that happened concurrently with the OS.

The Win2k installed base at the time that XP came out was a tiny fraction of what the XP installed base was when Vista came out - or even now, for that matter. In the Win2k era, it was kind of seen as the "professional and server OS" wheras regular consumers were using 98 and Me.

Win2k was pretty stable, having been built on the NT kernel...and that enhanced stability moved into XP with it.

At any rate, the biggest difference is probably that not many regular consumers were using Win2k, and the market grew to dizzying heights during the reign of XP. The sheer force of the "weight" of the XP installed base is a differential of biblical proportions.


RE: Not for anyone
By sorry dog on 4/24/2014 9:15:37 AM , Rating: 2
When I look at from a basic sales point of view it seems to tie into what is going on.

If I'm trying to sell a 98 customer on XP then it's not too hard to find benefits that the customer will understand.

For an XP to Win8 transition, that sell is much harder to make.


RE: Not for anyone
By NellyFromMA on 4/24/2014 1:43:34 PM , Rating: 2
It's the same sell. The old platform is EOL and the successor platform has more native featuresets and is now the focus of the vendor. It's the same.


RE: Not for anyone
By NellyFromMA on 4/24/2014 1:46:02 PM , Rating: 2
That hardly creates an obligation on MS part to keep supporting it. Especially since there are 3 newer OSes since.

That's essentially saying because that product was so successful starting 10 years ago or more that they now must be punished for retiring it altogether when they make no money doing so.

Further, the upgrade cost to the latest OS is rather inexpensive. They give people the option to stay on XP or move up to the latest. They force no one to do anything in this situation as far as I can tell.


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