Microsoft’s Windows XP has been hanging around for a fair number of years already, so much so that Microsoft has finally made the decision to stop supporting the venerable desktop operating system after more than a dozen years. Of course, I am quite sure that many Windows XP loyalists and fans would see this as inevitable, but it is a rite of passage in life that one has to go through as well. China, however, (or at least in this case, the government) would like the software giant to continue supporting Windows XP. Basically, a country is asking a corporation to make another round of consideration over the intended support cut off date of April 8th, 2013.
The Chinese language TechWeb site reported that Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of China’s National Copyright Administration, was quoted as saying that shutting down support for Windows XP could eventually result in additional security threats as well as a possible escalation in the use of pirated software. He was quoted as saying, “These practices affect the smooth operations of genuine software in China.” It remains to be seen whether the Chinese government sent in a formal request to Microsoft for an extension for Windows XP’s support, or was it something more casual.