Windows XP OS support
China always does everything of its own accord. Even while the rest of the world, which includes from home users to large corporates and even government agencies were busy upgrading their systems before the support deadline of Windows XP, Chinese government opted to continue using the outdated operating system.
As you probably know, the thirteen-year-old Windows XP’s End-of-support (EOS) deadline was back in April 2014. This means that Microsoft will not provide any further security updates and patches for this operating system. Windows XP has been the most successful operating system of all times and ran on more than half of the PC systems around the world just a few years back. However successful it was, most users have agreed that it is time to move on and upgrade to the latest operating system. But, not China!
According to NetApplications, the best online statistics collector, a whopping 70 percent of operating systems running in China still run on Windows XP, as compared to mere 27 percent worldwide! Microsoft always had trouble with the Chinese market. China has more pirated copies of Windows than the rest of the world. However, after an internal crackdown on copyright infringement in 2010, the Chinese government bought the license for 888 yuan per copy.
Despite the clear decision made by the Chinese government, there are still lots of questions about security concerns. Yan Xiaohong, a senior Chinese government official told the news channel Sky News, “Security problems could arise because of a lack of technical support after Microsoft stopped providing services, making computers with XP vulnerable to hackers.” He further went on to explain that upgrading to Windows 8 would be fairly expensive.
Windows 7 user base
To mitigate the security attacks, the Chinese government hopes to rely on third-party patches such as those offered by Malwarebytes. However, which third-party venture would get the deal remains to be seen. As of now, this option is merely in the evaluation phase. All these remedies are in the hope of continuing with Windows XP for as long as possible.
Worldwide, many government agencies have resisted the Windows 8 upgrade. According to rumours, Windows 7 and even Linux operating systems seems to be in the list of options with Windows 8 featured nowhere in the picture.
However, if the recent polls are to be believed, the initial resentment towards Windows 8 is melting fast since Microsoft continues to appease its customers by bringing in Windows 8 upgrade that are aimed at improving the user experience of Windows 8.
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