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: Retail Price
4/23/2014 6:34:20 PM
The only reason I have windows 8 on 2 machines is that it was much cheaper than Windows 7. It was $39 for my home computer, and $15 for the upgrade on my work Dell laptop (this allowed me to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit and get more RAM). If the price was the same I probably would have just bought Windows 7 - especially for my work laptop, where Windows 8 can be a pain.
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