Organizations, if not users, primarily, in China have made some considerable efforts to move away from pirated software and acquire original licenses of Windows XP.
The only problem is that they left it far too late — the old operating system is now set for imminent retirement. But that does not mean that officials in the country believe that they deserve some preferential treatment when it comes to moving away from the aging XP.
Country officials not only asked Microsoft to extend support for the old platform, they also asked Redmond to work towards providing local uses with cheaper and affordable licenses for Windows 7.
As this report reveals, this notion was part of the recent discussions between Microsoft and Chinese officials, and Redmond was requested to bring low cost versions of Windows 7 so that the computers in the country could be upgraded to the new operating system.
No word yet to whether Microsoft agreed to the request or not.
Microsoft has however made it clear that there is no turning back from here — China needs to move away from Windows XP just like the other countries around the globe.
Now you may be wondering why Windows 8 is not an option for Chinese officials. The fact that the modern OS just holds a 3.48 percent market share in the country should answer that. This number is well below the international average of over 8 percent.
Equally interesting is the fact that Windows 7 is very popular with users in the country. This flavor of Windows jumped to 40.24 percent from 31.2 percent last year.