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: This is great news
4/24/2014 5:25:31 AM
Actually no. If the Chinese are patching their own stuff, then it's going to be increasingly difficult to exploit XP's vulnerabilities without an army of Chinese fluent hackers. Realistically, if the quality of the patches & updates is good, the security on the system can be kept at a high level for quite a while.
What IS going to hurt ongoing XP users is the continual march of technology. Eventually programs are going to drop XP compatibility altogether--which will require a LOT of additional finesse to try and add said functionality to an obsolete OS.
I really want XP to die. It will probably terminate a lot of the remaining botnets in existence, most of which are running on armies of XP machines (mostly clones).
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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