THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT has opted for a 'mend and make do' approach to Microsoft's end of support for Windows XP.
The world's biggest country by population also accounts for a large proportion of consumers who have decided to stick with Windows XP after it was put out to pasture on 8 April, a figure said to be around 70 percent, compared with 27 percent worldwide according to the monthly usage statistics reported by Net Applications.
A large population leads to a high demand for computers, and while home copies are often illegal copies, the Chinese government buys its licences for 888 yuan, or £84, following an internal crackdown on copyright infringement in 2010.
Senior Chinese government official Yan Xiaohong told Sky News, "Security problems could arise because of a lack of technical support after Microsoft stopped providing services, making computers with XP vulnerable to hackers," adding that upgrading to Windows 8 would be "fairly expensive".
Instead, the Chinese government is evaluating third-party patches such as those offered by Malwarebytes, in the hope of continuing with Windows XP as long as possible. We discuss the security risks of continuing to use Windows XP in the video below.
Many Windows XP users worldwide have resisted the move to Windows 8, with a recent INQUIRER poll showing that most would move to Windows 7 or even Linux instead.
Microsoft has been working to reverse its declining market share with a recent comprehensive update to Windows 8.1 that brought back much of the functionality that was missing from previous editions, as well as teasing the return of the Start Menu that it abandoned in Windows 8, an unpopular move that alienated many of its customers. µ