Microsoft has been dealt a telling blow by China once more. The reason this time around is because of the company’s decision to stop support for Windows XP.

In fact, this time around the Central Government Procurement Center has banned the use of Windows 8 on government computers as well citing the need to use energy-saving products as well as ensure computer security.

It must be pointed out that almost 50% of China’s desktop market now is powered by the operating system that is almost a decade old.

This latest setback has hurt Windows all that more since it has been struggling to stay afloat in such a massive market where even though the number of sales matches that of the United States, it still earned much less revenue – being only able to equal its earning made from a much smaller market such as the Netherlands.

Of course, the company has been warning others that it’s time to move on to the latest version of Windows but this has only made them far more stubborn to comply. After all, it makes no sense to fix something that isn’t broken.

It’s clear that Microsoft find itself in a tough spot at the moment since it doesn’t seem to be able to market its latest operating system effectively.

Moreover since, Windows XP continues to power a number of systems that are in need of important security patches, it should come as no surprise why China has turned its back on Windows until it complies.

With a large number of shares being sold by shareholders and which was kept locked for so long, Twitter fell by almost 11 percent.

Unlike Facebook which spiked by 12 percent when almost 800 million shares of theirs was unlocked, Twitter dropped to a record low of $34 per share while hovering around the $34.40 mark.

If that’s not enough, the volume of trading for Twitter alone is a huge 65 million shares when the usual amount is about 13 million in number.

Based on stats provided by Google Finance, Twitter has 569 million shares outstanding – the figure that doesn’t include un-vested RSUs or un-exercised options either. That said, not only did an early investor as well as Twitter founders decide to not sell their shares, almost a tiny amount of th 469 million shares that were unlocked today were involved in trading.

And while their current share value is a bit higher than the value at which they were first prized (about $26), the company went as far as topping $74 after being valued at $45 per share at first only until user growth became an issue.

Ever since its debut earnings were released, the company’s shares have dropped yet with today’s events, this loss in double-digits is probably the worst.

What is also apparent is what the company expected to not happen did and which included insiders cashing in on these unlocked shares which resulted in the stock crashing.

That said, Alex Wilhelm stated that with only a 9% drop in earnings this time, it was a 50% improvement from the 18% drop the last time around.

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