The Chinese government will try to patch up the outdated Windows XP operating system – because it is too expensive to upgrade.
Senior official Yan Xiaohong said: "Security problems could arise because of a lack of technical support after
Chinese security providers have released special protection products to patch up the system, which the government is now "appraising" for use.
He added that upgrading to Windows 8 would be "fairly expensive", increasing government procurement costs.
Windows 8 costs
In the US, nearly 18% of computers still use XP – in
At one point, the use of pirated Windows software was rife in China’s government departments.
But a crackdown since 2010 now means all government agencies above the county level now own genuine software.
The government has also been pressuring state-owned enterprises to embrace legitimate software.
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