XP’s demise helps Chinese IT developers

 

Photo taken on April 7, 2014 shows the shutdown interface of Windows XP, in Shenyang,

capital of northeast China’s Liaoning Province. Microsoft announced earlier that it will

stop providing technical assistance for Windows XP after April 8, and computers will still

work but they might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.  

Photo by Yang Qing 

 

Photo taken on April 7, 2014 shows a message for Windows XP on the Microsoft China

official website, in Shenyang, capital of northeast China’s Liaoning Province.    

Photo by Yang Qing 

 

 

 

 

 

XPs demise helps

Chinese IT developers

 

 

By Lü Qiuping, Nan Ting, Cheng Shihua, Zhou Runjian and Zhou Wenlin

 

 

The death of XP technical support would definitely affect about 200 million

XP users,  70 percent of the entire PC market, in China.   Graphic by Dachao

 

 

Microsoft on Tuesday of April 8 stopped providing technical assistance for Windows XP, a major operating system for Chinese computer users, opening up opportunities for China’s IT companies.

After April 8, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available and the company will stop providing security updates, according to the Microsoft website. Computers can still run XP but it will become more insecure and prone to viruses. The company advised users to upgrade to Windows 8.1 and get a new PC if necessary.

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

“Although I’d like to update the system, it’s too expensive,” said “Dalulu” online.

The price of Windows 8 is 988 yuan (159 U.S. dollars) but, like many, to run the system, he would need to buy a new computer.

To protect the 13-year-old operating system and help users like Dalulu continue to use it, Chinese security providers have released specialized XP-protection products.

Microsoft China, Tencent and Lenovo jointly launched a Windows XP user support plan last month for security and anti-virus services for China. A group of Chinese IT companies, including Kingsoft, Sogou, Knownsec, WooYun and Keen Team, have joined in the plan and will provide defense solutions for XP users until they upgrade their systems. The companies will keep “building a hedge” for a transition period expected to last two to three years or even longer, said Tencent’s Ding Ke.

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

The security software can only intercept known viruses, including trojans, unlike the service packs provided by Microsoft that helped to stem flaws in a fundamental way.

The death 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 said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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China commerce ministry

approves Microsoft-Nokia deal

 

By Zhang Zhengfu and Lei Min

 

 

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said on Tuesday of April 8 that it had approved Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business subject to certain conditions.

Nokia and Microsoft put forward their final solutions in March, which the MOC thinks can reduce the deal’s potential threat to market competition, said a MOC statement on its official website.

The MOC said it had made the decision after analyzing the “vertical relationship” between Nokia’s smartphone business and Microsoft’s patents for smart terminal operating system and mobile smart terminals.

The MOC has also studied the potential impact of the deal on abuse of patents and China’s smartphone market.

Shang Ming, head of the MOC’s anti-monopoly bureau, said the case was one of the most complicated since China’s anti-monopoly law came into effect, as 75 percent of the world’s handsets are made in China, and China accounts for 34 percent of the global smartphone market.

If Microsoft raised the licensing fees for its patents, China’s handset makers would have to exit the market or transfer part or all of the extra costs to smartphone consumers, said Shang.

If abuse of dominant position or other monopoly acts are found in the future, related regulators would launch investigations in accordance with anti-monopoly laws and regulations, Shang warned.

 

 

 

 

 

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