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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 Donkey2008 on 4/24/2014 2:49:23 AM , Rating: 2
I find 32-bit XP slow as molasses on most machines. The lack of pre-fetch and RAM caching really makes a HUGE difference to everyday use IMO, especially when multi-tasking with several large apps (even worse if you run out of memory and hit the page file). There isn't a lot of support for 64-bit XP so I doubt that is an option for users wanting the benefit of more RAM while retaining XP.

But you are correct that for most people it works fine and anything more than 2GB of RAM (with XP) is probably way overkill to most users. I don't know what the SSD support is like on XP (never installed XP on one) but I guess it would run pretty zippy.

That said, technology has to move forward. Without new products the market will become stagnant. 64-bit Windows 7 is a wonderful OS and a great successor to 32-bit XP. Migrated XP users still get to do what they allows did while power users get the benefits of 4GB+ of memory with a 64-bit OS (CAD, games, video editing). Plus, Microsoft can concentrate on supporting one less OS. Win Win, I can't say the same about Windows 8 though.

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