Windows 8 upgrade costs see Chinese government stick with XP

The government is negotiating the upgrade price with Microsoft

Windows 8

The Chinese government has said it will not upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8 until Microsoft agrees on an upgrade price.

The country's government confirmed it will investigate upgrading its Windows XP system security though, now the aged operating system has entered end of life.

Yan Xiaohong, National Copyright Administration deputy director told the official Xinhua news agency: "Security problems could arise because of a lack of technical support after Microsoft stopped providing services, making computers with XP vulnerable to hackers."

Microsoft withdrew support for Windows XP on 8 April and, although the UK government has negotiated an extended support period with the company this has been done at a cost of 5.5 million.

The Chinese government is not averse to upgrading to Windows 8, but said it considers the costs involved to be too expensive.

Yan explained the government began clamping down on pirated software in government in 2010 and spent hundreds of millions of pounds on upgrading all government operations to legal software.  He said: "Windows 8 is fairly expensive and will increase government procurement costs."

It was found in 2013 the 200,000 computers running XP in China's government could cost 1.5 billion to migrate to Windows 8.

A quarter of all PCs in China are said to be running the antiquated Windows XP operating system and, although many companies said they would offer third-party support to users, this is likely to only last a couple of years and will culminate in everyone having to make the switch to at least Windows 7.

Microsoft will provide some security support to XP users, in order to help with migrations to newer versions of its operating system. The company wrote, "Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our anti-malware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015."

Featured Resources

Shining light on new 'cool' cloud technologies and their drawbacks

IONOS Cloud Up! Summit, Cloud Technology Session with Russell Barley

Watch now

Build mobile and web apps faster

Three proven tips to accelerate modern app development

Free download

Reduce the carbon footprint of IT operations up to 88%

A carbon reduction opportunity

Free Download

Comparing serverless and server-based technologies

Determining the total cost of ownership

Free download


Windows 10 vs Windows 8.1: which is best for you?
operating systems

Windows 10 vs Windows 8.1: which is best for you?

29 Jan 2021

Most Popular

What should you really be asking about your remote access software?

What should you really be asking about your remote access software?

17 Nov 2021
Jack Dorsey resigns as Twitter CEO
business management

Jack Dorsey resigns as Twitter CEO

29 Nov 2021
Nike to take customers into the metaverse with 'NIKELAND'

Nike to take customers into the metaverse with 'NIKELAND'

19 Nov 2021