84% of Chinese users still use Windows XP, too scared to upgrade.
Microsoft madman, and CEO, Steve Ballmer met with a number of high ranking officials, including US president Barack Obama, and Chinese president Hu Jintaro to discuss the sorry state of affairs regarding piracy of Windows products in China.
Ballmer claimed that only 1 out of 10 copies of Windows in China were legit, with almost 90% of users having some form of pirated software on their computer. He also said that 84% of Chinese users were still running Windows XP and over 50% using Internet Explorer 6. The reason stated was that Chinese users were too scared to upgrade in case they are not able to bypass the security system on Microsoft’s latest operating systems. China out of all places should know that both Windows Vista and Windows 7 were ‘bypassed’ even before they were publicly released.
Although a direct quote from Baller was not issued, we do have words from Obama.
“We’re making progress on making sure that the government procurement process in China is open and fair to American businesses. And we’ve made progress as a consequence of this state visit.
“Some of it has to do with intellectual property protection. So we were just in a meeting with business leaders, and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft pointed out that their estimate is that only 1 customer in every 10 of their products is actually paying for it in China. And so can we get better enforcement, since that is an area where America excels — intellectual property and high-value added products and services.”