China wants Microsoft to extend Windows XP support past April 8th

Data from StatCounter shows that Windows XP is still used by over 50 percent of all PCs in China.

In just over four months, Microsoft is scheduled to stop supporting Windows XP after over 12 years. Now it appears the government of China would like for the company to reconsider its support cut off date of April 8th.

In a report on the Chinese language TechWeb site, Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of China’s National Copyright Administration, is quoted as saying that the shut down of Windows XP support could lead to more security threats and increased use of pirated software. He stated, "These practices affect the smooth operations of genuine software in China."

The translated article does not make clear if the government of China has sent a formal request to Microsoft to extend the life of Windows XP. In November, Microsoft cut the price of Windows 8 in China down to the equivalent of just $49 for a limited time, in order to encourage PC users in that country to upgrade to the new OS.

According to data from StatCounter, over half of China's PCs still use Windows XP. Windows 7 is used by about a third of PCs in that country but Microsoft no longer sells a version of that OS in China.

Source: TechWeb via NetworkWorld | Image via StatCounter

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ZipZapRap said,

Proof?

Err did you miss the bits that state XP goes EOL in 4 months, and that MS no longer sells a version of Win7 in China?
The only option for them to use a supported MS operating system beyond April is to use Win8. Seems fairly clear to me that MS are trying to force users hands.

Saex_Conroy said,
you want proof?

here:

internet explorer 9, 10, 11 wont install or run on XP

And look how awesome IE became after shedding the XP legacy baggage.

true, i like the new IE, it even has adblock plus, i just prefer using firefox

on the other hand i just had a talk with my dad about china, i forgot to mention in my original comment that above 60% of chinese people live in poverty and those people's priority is not to have the latest OS with virus protection, their main priority is to survive, having a computer AND INTERNET sometimes is a great luxury at some places so people are probably content with XP and IE 6, and some probably dont know about future versions

i live in bulgaria and here almost every copy of windows is pirated, including mine, until few days ago i was using XP, because i had my first HDD from 2005 - it was an 80GB Seagate Barracuda, then I bouth a new one - some Seagate with 500GB, now i use windows 7 and have no intention in going back to XP

20legend said,
Err did you miss the bits that state XP goes EOL in 4 months, and that MS no longer sells a version of Win7 in China?
.

that's not forcing. there are other options out there. Are they making it hard? Sure, but that's not "forcing" which is a word that gets used far too much on the interweb in this context

Saex_Conroy said,
you want proof?

internet explorer 9, 10, 11 wont install or run on XP

Because things like Direct2D and DirectWrite that IE9+ use don't exist in Windows XP.

I take you think that not releasing IE9 for XP was just an arbitrary decision?

Good luck trying to get those versions of IE to run under Windows-7 64-bit systems. Does "9C59" error (?) come to mind, along with some other nasty error messages??

Convert them all to linux... Let 2014 be the year of linux!...

Yeah... or not... Just upgrade those junk PC's the amount of money lost using them must be insane. XP machines are old, and likely use more power than a modern PC to run, are slower so less work can be done in a set amount of time and the support for new applications (ones better than the old) might not work. Upgrading is a no brainer.

Vester said,
Convert them all to linux... Let 2014 be the year of linux!...

Yeah...whatever happened to the state-sponsored Linux-based OS China was going to develop on its own, since the closed-source OSes from the imperialist swines couldn't be trusted?

I may be somewhat misquoting, but I do remember reading about that a few years ago...

Hello,

Another possibility might be that some surveillance technologies and mechanisms used by the Chinese government to collect data on network activities by its citzens may not be compatible with newer versions of Windows.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

goretsky said,
Hello,

Another possibility might be that some surveillance technologies and mechanisms used by the Chinese government to collect data on network activities by its citzens may not be compatible with newer versions of Windows.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky


You mean the NSA, right?

goretsky said,
Hello,

Another possibility might be that some surveillance technologies and mechanisms used by the Chinese government to collect data on network activities by its citzens may not be compatible with newer versions of Windows.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Not likely, those of us who surf the net in China goes through the great firewall, it doesn't matter what OS we use, the traffic is still routed through there. People talk about using VPN and whatever to stay secure, but to be honest I highly doubt it really is that way, the government just chooses to ignore the few who uses VPN, as long as the masses is controlled then they aren't going to have much reactions.

Hello,

Well, even internally there might be targets for increased surveillance. For example, I would imagine that folks involved in discussions of

• anti-corruption
• Christianity
• Falun Gong
• Tiananmen Square Massacre
• Tibetan rights

and so forth would all be subject to additional scrutiny. Of course, that also applies to targets outside of China as well, and if they were to upgrade to... less permeable technologies, that could cause some additional work for Chinese intelligence.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

goretsky said,
Hello,

Well, even internally there might be targets for increased surveillance. For example, I would imagine that folks involved in discussions of

• anti-corruption
• Christianity
• Falun Gong
• Tiananmen Square Massacre
• Tibetan rights

and so forth would all be subject to additional scrutiny. Of course, that also applies to targets outside of China as well, and if they were to upgrade to... less permeable technologies, that could cause some additional work for Chinese intelligence.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky


You sound like a certain TV channel talking. Do you have any friends that's actually Chinese that lived in China for a long time recently?

Spicoli said,
Steal it widely and then ask for more support? I think Microsoft will flip them the clippy.

Or use the situation to make them pay to extend the support.

Gaara sama said,
Let create a PETITION to extend the support. for XP!!

We can call it the "Save XP" campaign, and host it on InfoWorld!

/s

Do not forget to add the thousands of financial institutions and health care organization which are still using XP Professional! [Customers of both...take a peak at their splash screen, lo and behold, there is XP Professional.]

My XP systems will go the route that my 98se sys did. When no one has a new IE, firefox ect, for it I use a new linux made just for internet that runs in ram and if I download anything the linux can move it from ram disk to 98se and now XPs hard drive. The 98se or soon XP will never have to be on line.

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