Good old Jimmy Stewart would have said, “Well, this was always on the cards!” And it was. Windows XP still has a lot of users in China, and many of these have moved onto genuine versions of the operating system within the last few years.
This list, obviously, also includes government users, local and nationwide.
Now with Windows XP finally having reached end of the road, and Microsoft formally ending support for the aging operating platform, millions upon millions in China are still running the old OS. Sure, this is also the case in other parts of the globe, however, on a much smaller scale.
In fact, StatCounter data from September 2013 revealed that more than half of all PCs in China were powered by Windows XP. Some figures even peg this number up to 70 percent!
Back in December Yan Xiaohong, the deputy director of China’s National Copyright Administration suggested that Microsoft should extend support for Windows XP, at least in the country, claiming that ending support would result in more security threats and an increase in software piracy.
With the April 8 cutoff date come and gone, Yan has made another appearance, ruling out plans for the Chinese government to upgrade to a newer version of Windows.
The official claims that a move to Windows 8 would be fairly expensive — I’d imagine he is talking about the hardware costs here, because Microsoft have run some special pretty promotions and discounts for their new operating system in the past.
Interestingly, as is the case with some of the other governments in the world, China does not plan on paying Microsoft for extended support. Instead, Chinese security companies are, according to Yan, now working with government to develop patches for these XP systems.
Fascinating turn of events, but as noted above, this was always on the cards!