Monday, April 7, 2014

Beijing Wants Microsoft To Extend Windows XP Support

Microsoft is well known for its operating systems and other applications. One such operating system released by Microsoft over a decade ago is Windows XP. Because of its rich features and functions, it has become the most popular operating system that Microsoft has ever produced. Even today, it has a high percentage of market share and it is still employed in many schools, colleges, hospitals, businesses and institutions.

However, the things changed very quickly when the tech giant announced the date for withdrawing the Microsoft support given to this operating system. This decision of Microsoft to stop the Windows XP support put the XP systems in danger of hacking attacks and virus infections. Even the Government of China is asking the tech giant Microsoft to continue the support given to XP operating system to remove the security threats and to help the anti-piracy efforts of Beijing.

In order to put pressure on Microsoft, the deputy director of China’s National Copyright Administration Mr. Yan Xiaohong met the authorities of Microsoft and other software companies to pressure Microsoft to rethink their decision to withdraw Windows XP support. He told Microsoft that the end of support of Windows XP will bring serious security issues to Windows XP machines in PRC and it will provide an opportunity for the cyber criminals to take advantage of this situation as the support ends on April 8, 2014.

According to StatCounter, almost all the organizations and the people employ Windows XP for both their personal and business use. In the last month, Windows XP nearly constituted 50 percent of the computer market share in China. The deputy director said that the tech giant has made matters for the Chinese users even more difficult by stopping the sales of the low priced edition of Windows 7 operating system, which has a market share of 40%. This made it difficult for the Chinese users to migrate to the Windows 7 operating system.

The main intention of this decision is to promote the higher priced Windows 8 operating system among the Chinese users; however, this might result in software piracy. Nearly, US$160 million (£102m) was spent by Beijing last year for replacing the pirated software in many provincial and government offices and they are trying to wipe out the software piracy present in the public sector.

The Chinese should not expect Microsoft to extend support as the company had well in advance announced the end of Microsoft support for XP to facilitate the transfer.

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