Friday, April 11, 2014

China: An Estimated 60-70% of Computers in the PRC Use Windows XP, Only 25% of Users to Upgrade to Windows 8.0, 8.1

According to The Latin American Tribune, Microsoft stopped offering technical updates on Wednesday (April 9) for Windows XP, creating problems for users worldwide, but particularly in China, where two of every three computers uses the popular operating system.

An estimated 60-70% of the computers in China use Windows XP, well above the 27% figure for the world as a whole.

Computers running on Windows XP can still be used, but Microsoft has announced that the software giant will no longer provide security patches for the software, leaving the devices vulnerable to attacks by hackers and viruses.

About 200 million people in China will be forced by necessity to upgrade to software that offers protection from hackers and viruses.

COMMENT: Some 90% of the software used in China is pirated, making it impossible for many users to update their systems over the nearly 13 years that Windows XP was eligible for updates and other support from Microsoft.

More than half of Chinese users say they will continue to run Windows XP on their computers despite the fact that their devices’ security may be compromised, THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST reported, citing the results of a new survey.

The survey, conducted by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) found that just 25% of respondents plan to take Microsoft’s advice and upgrade to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

The existence of such a large number of unprotected computers in China poses a danger to the Internet because the devices can be used by hackers to spread viruses around the world, COMPUTER WORLD reported.

Given the incredibly high rate of pirated software and the fact that few MS users are planning to upgrade to software that offers protection against viruses and hackers, expats in China should be extremely cautious.