Microsoft ends support to XP; opens market for Chinese firms

windows_xp_logoThough it’s very hard to believe but it’s true that the software tycoon Microsoft, which served Windows XP for about 13 years finally has decided to halt it is technical support, giving opportunities for Chaina’s IT Firms.

Microsoft said, “the technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available and the company has stopped providing security updates“.

With this drastic decision, it’s more likely that the computers will become more insecure and prone to viruses, if the users still continue to use Windows XP. Microsoft has advised users to upgrade to Windows 8.1 in order to get complete technical support and to be more securing but to avail this, users might have to go for a new computer, if necessary. The price of Windows 8 is 988 yuan ($159).

According to a Zhongguancun Online survey, China has about 200 million XP users and 70 per cent of the entire PC market where the majority have no plans to switch.

To help users who cannot switch immediately, Chinese security providers have released specialized XP-protection products to protect the 13-year-old operating system, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

For XP users until they upgrade their systems, Microsoft China, Tencent and Lenovo jointly launched a Windows XP user support plan last month for security and anti-virus services for China. To provide defense solutions for XP users, a group of Chinese IT companies, including Kingsoft, Sogou, Knownsec, WooYun and Keen Team, have joined their hands.

Tencent’s Ding Ke said, “The companies will keep “building a hedge” for a transition period expected to last two to three years or even longer“.

I have installed the security software, but it remains to be seen whether it works or not,” said Dalulu.

It seems that the service packs provided by Microsoft were more reliable and they abetted to stalk blemishes in a essential way but whereas the security software can only seize known viruses, including Trojans.

It’s more likely that, the end of XP support may help development of domestic operating system.
Ding Liping of the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said “the government was already on the lookout for the country’s own operating system, well before Microsoft announced the end of XP support, and several systems had been put forward, such as NFSARK designed by Beijing’s NFS, and NeoKylin, by Shanghai’s China Standard Software”.

Users are welcome to try these systems and give feedback to help improve the systems,” Ding added.


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