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.