Chinese Government Says Windows 8 is too Expensive, Will Cling to XP
April 23, 2014 9:45 AM
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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.
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RE: Not for anyone
4/23/2014 4:24:16 PM
"those are the same vast majority of users that randomly click on links sent to them, don't really watch their malware status, etc... People are citing points for the "vast majority" while making the assumption that they manage their system reasonably well. Anyone with Non-Tech friends and families that has been called time and time again to "fix" their computers knows exactly what I am talking about."
Yup... The "vast majority" of people aren't diligent enough to keep themselves from being infected, espectially in a post patch XP era. It was bad enough when getting the updates from MS. Now it isn't, so newly discovered exploits will spread much faster than before.
RE: Not for anyone
4/23/2014 5:46:32 PM
...and the same stupid people are blowing up their Win7 and Win8 machines.
You can't fix PEBKAC. The statement is, and has been, "if you keep current on patches and antivirus/antimalware, you're fine."
Otherwise, a stupid user can blow up anything.
RE: Not for anyone
4/23/2014 6:02:02 PM
Yes, they are the same type of person, but at least the out of the box settings of 7 and 8 are far more safe than the default settings of XP, especially an out of life XP. So, no you can't fix PEBKAC but you can mitigate it. XP is just encouraging problems.
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