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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:00

Chinese snub Windows 8

Written by Nick Farrell

Too expensive for the revolution

The glorious Chinese workers have given the Imperialist maker of proprietary software Microsoft, the thumbs down over its Windows 8 software. Apparently the Chinese government has said that it will try to patch up the outdated Windows XP operating system – because it is too expensive to upgrade.

Senior official Yan Xiaohong admitted that security problems could arise because of a lack of technical support after Microsoft stopped providing services, making computers with XP vulnerable to hackers. But Chinese security providers have started releasing special protection products to patch up the system, which the government is now "appraising" for use.

Upgrading to Windows 8 would be "fairly expensive,” increasing government procurement costs, Windows 8 costs $142 in China. In China the figure is estimated that more than 70 per cent of PCs use Windows XP. In the good old days, the Chinese government used pirated software, but a crackdown since 2010 now means all government agencies above the county level now own genuine software. However they can’t afford to upgrade it.

Nick Farrell

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