The Chinese government is hanging on to Windows XP and choosing instead to deploy security products built specifically to protect the Microsoft OS.
with Microsoft no longer providing security updates for the 12-year-old platform, leaving government agencies in China . The OS remains a widely used one in the country, where an estimated 70 percent of personal computers, or some 200 million systems, are still running Win XP.
"Security problems could arise because of a lack of technical support after Microsoft stopped providing services, making computers with XP vulnerable to hackers," Yan Xiaohong, deputy director at National Copyright Administration, said in a report by Xinhua News Agency. Speaking to local reporters, he noted that upgrading to Windows 8.1 was not a viable option.
"Windows 8 is fairly expensive and will increase government procurement costs," Yan said. The official revealed that relevant agencies wereabout the issue.
According to the report, Windows 8 is priced at 888 yuan (US$143.75) in China. It added that since launching thein 2010, the Chinese government had spent hundreds of millions of dollars acquiring legitimate software.
By end-2013, all government agencies had been audited and were no longer using pirated software, Yan said, adding that anti-piracy efforts were further extended to large state-owned organizations.
The government is currently assessing security products designed specifically to support Win XP and planned to promote the use of these offerings to ensure user data remained protected, Yan said.
Several Chinese tech giants including Tencent, Kingsoft, and Sogou, in February said theyupgrades and security features, following the end of Microsoft's support.