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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 FaaR on 4/24/2014 3:21:54 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, so you're the authority on what the vast majority of the world's people need. Good to know!

Anyway, if you're using a windows xp computer to facebonk and email with you're better off with a tablet. XP computers in this day and age are hilariously slow, inefficient, old and obsolete.

In any case, it's not really enough just to be up to date with antivirus and security patches (what security patches one might say, going forward), as the OS is inherently insecure compared to more modern software. Like the Ford Pinto, winXP has the gas tank behind the rear axle, just waiting to get rear-ended. It's never going to be as secure, or heck, secure period, compared to windows8.

Damn, can't believe I sit here defending that POS win8, look what you made me do!!! ;)


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