China wants Microsoft to delay retirement of Windows XP
Most people in China are using Windows XP (pirated or not)
New Windows 8 is too expensive – cost will increase piracy
Keeping Windows XP will help the government lower piracy rate
Are these arguments plausible? It is true Windows XP software is already loaded and has been used for some time in China. And, it would seem to me, Microsoft will not recover the revenue from Windows XP already being used in China.
However, there are some other thoughts that come to mind.
Windows XP installations are most likely pirated software – no revenue to Microsoft
Delaying retirement of Windows XP and creating fixes will cost Microsoft
Perhaps delay in future releases
Plus, others may want to keep their version of WindowsXP as well, since it is already being updated – resulting in lost revenue
To me, this request begs these questions:
How does this help fix the problem of piracy and its effects in the Chinese market?
How does this fix the problem of lost revenue to Microsoft?
Where is the logic in this request?
How will this type of fix solve the problem of software piracy for any software vendor?
To make this a valid request, it would need to identify benefits to both sides. Perhaps answers to the above questions would help make this request and the benefits more clear. But this story also brings to mind other discussions on this blog. What is the best way to fight software piracy in emerging markets?
Do you have any other suggestions on how to curb piracy besides giving away the software?
What are your thoughts on this request?
Original story by Tom Greene in Network World, December 3, 2013