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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 2:16:54 PM , Rating: 0
[facepalm]

Here's what was actually said:

If you stay current with patches and antivirus/antimalware, you're fine.

And that is true. I have recently updated and/or replaced a lot of Windows XP machines that were free of security problems...simply because Microsoft EOLd it, and now it's no longer safe to stay on XP.

I'm not arguing any different point. I'm saying that staying current on XP was good enough. And it was.

But now it's dead.


RE: Not for anyone
By retrospooty on 4/23/2014 4:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
I am not arguing what you guys are arguing above, but Sorry Moto, it's not the same.

When you said "If you stay current with patches and antivirus/antimalware, you're fine." you may be correct, assuming the user is careful and diligent. The other 1/2 isn't even close to that...

Above you said (about it being insecure) "Not any more so than other OS's" which is completely incorrect. Win7 has alot of security features and 8 even more on top of that. Are they bulletproof? Hell no, but alot more so than XP ever was.


RE: Not for anyone
By Motoman on 4/23/2014 5:44:29 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Not any more so than other OSs, to be honest. And if you've been keeping current with patches and antivirus/antimalware, it's fine.


Don't try to cherry pick out of the rest of the statement. Does Win7/8 have more built-in security features? Sure. But if you stay current on XP, it's fine.

That is *all* I am saying.


RE: Not for anyone
By retrospooty on 4/24/2014 11:45:11 AM , Rating: 2
Ya, that can be said, but you have to give credence to the other point that most users aren't careful or educated enough to stay clean on XP and will eventually get infected and corrupt it if they are using the internet.

For the normal user, there are good reasons to upgrade. Come on, its 13 years old this Oct.


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