The unthinkable has happened, folks! Windows XP usage is not going down by any notable margins. If anything, the ancient old platform is slowly increasing its market share.

And now Microsoft has decided to extend support for the decade old operating system. In China.

This means that users in the country can continue running this particular OS after the scheduled end of support date. Users in other markets of the world, however, will not receive security updates anymore after April 8, 2014.

The company broke the news in a short message on its official account on the Chinese social networking website Sina Weibo, saying that it is going to work with Chinese security vendors to keep Windows XP users protected — for the foreseeable future at least.

Good news for Chinese people, one can imagine.

In other news, in an effort to ensure that the rest of the world moves to a newer version of Windows after retirement of this fan favorite flavor, Microsoft has said that all users will get a notification on their Windows XP desktop asking them to upgrade:

“On March 8th, 2014, Windows XP customers using the Home or Professional editions who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update will receive an official notification on their desktop screen via Windows Update informing them that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th, 2014.”

Luckily the notification will be delivered via an automatic update — so you will know what to do in order to remove or disable it, or you know, not even have it show up in the first place. Honestly, though, it is time to upgrade to a new platform, one way or another.


The displayed message will also include a link to a Microsoft webpage that will provide additional information to users on how they can upgrade their systems.

Details about assistance for deploying a newer platform and transferring data are also to be provided.

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  • Seath

    Someone at Microsoft had a brain-fart again…. good grief….

    • Ray C

      Yeah this is just ridiculous

    • JohnCz

      Maybe Microsoft should expand their partnership with Baidu and offer “Windows 8 with Baidu” as a free upgrade.

      • Seath

        Excuse me while I go throw up….

        • JohnCz

          Much better than having these folks on XP.

          • Seath

            Not much ;p

  • WillyThePooh

    I looked and didn’t mention they will keep patching those XPs in China.

  • Tianxing Yang

    I have just moved to Windows 7. –From a Chinese user

    • Fahad Ali

      Great. Windows 7 is a much improved OS from Windows XP in almost all aspects.