In a straightforwardly expected move, Microsoft has answered the recent call of Chinese officials to extend support for Windows XP. And the answer is what one would expect.
China is one of the countries that has made some serious efforts in the recent past to curb piracy in the country, and migrate to legitimate software. But now with Windows XP support coming to an end, local authorities have another hustle on their hand to upgrade to a newer version of the operating system.
For this reason, Chinese officials asked Microsoft to extend support for Windows XP.
Word is that some even met Redmond executives in order to ask them to reconsider. But while Microsoft has so far remained quiet on the matter, the company has now decided to break the silence and publicly talk about China’s request.
In a statement, Microsoft said that just like everyone else, local users and authorities in the country will have to make the move to newer software:
“Every Windows product has a lifecycle, which begins when it is released and ends when it is no longer supported. For Windows XP, this lasted more than a decade.
Customers will still be able to use Windows XP, but as a reminder, after April 8, 2014, Windows XP users will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft.”
Long story short, the time for Windows XP has come and gone.
Microsoft seems intent on sticking with the retirement date, and has repeatedly made it clear that migration to newer software and modern operating systems must continue because they provide better security against threats.