Microsoft ties up Lenovo & Tencent to provide XP tech support in China

12th April 2014 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

Windows XPNew Delhi, Apr 11, 2014: Microsoft has teamed up with Lenovo and Tencent to provide software security services for Windows XP users in China, after Microsoft stopped supporting the operating system.

The Redmond giant wants users to move to later, more secure versions of Windows. In line with it the company stopped servicing the 13-year-old popular operating system Windows XP from 8th of this month. However, Microsoft’s move has exposed millions of Windows XP users to attacks of viruses and hacking.
In China alone, XP has 200 million users, which is 70 percent of the market, says Zhongguancun Online. Upgrading the systems with Windows XP could be an expensive affair.
Microsoft has partnered Lenovo, Tencent and several other Chinese computing companies to offer services to users such as information protection, post-virus repairs and upgrades to the newer Windows 7 or 8.

As per sources, Tencent will provide permanent XP support free of charge. It has already set up two 24-hour hotlines.
The upgrade of Windows XP systems may reduce the number of computers running pirated Windows XP software. Microsoft’s former boss Steve Ballmer had once told that because of software piracy, Microsoft earned less revenue in China than in the Netherlands.
However, users are disappointed. The cost of upgrading has irked some too.

 

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