Ter­mi­na­tion ofWin­dows XP

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

Mi­crosoft has stopped pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance and se­cu­rity up­dates for Win­dows XP af­ter April 8, mak­ing com­put­ers that use the XP sys­tem vul­ner­a­ble to cy­ber at­tacks.

The “demise” of Win­dows XP will have the great­est im­pact on China be­cause it has about 200 mil­lion XP users, who make up about 70 per­cent of the PC mar­ket. Mi­crosoft’s de­ci­sion to “kill” Win­dows XP, a prod­uct with hun­dreds of mil­lions of users, has to a cer­tain de­gree demon­strated its strong po­si­tion in the op­er­at­ing sys­tem mar­ket and ex­posed the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of Chi­nese users for lack of an in­dige­nously de­vel­oped op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

But, at the same time, the “death” of XP has cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties for China’s IT com­pa­nies to grow and de­velop. In fact, shortly af­terMi­crosoft an­nounced the “demise” of XP, some Chi­nese IT se­cu­rity providers promised to of­fer de­fense so­lu­tions for XP users who do not switch to a new sys­tem.

In­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity is cru­cial for the IT in­dus­try, and the key to safe­guard­ing in­for­ma­tion is pos­sess­ing the core tech­nol­ogy, which very much de­pends on in­no­va­tion.

Al­though China has some well-known IT com­pa­nies, it still does not have the core tech­nol­ogy to de­velop an op­er­at­ing sys­tem, which can be blamed on lack of in­no­va­tion. There­fore, only by mas­ter­ing in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and ad­her­ing to a pol­icy that en­cour­ages in­no­va­tion can China break the mo­nop­oly of in­ter­na­tional IT gi­ants and en­sure cy­ber se­cu­rity.

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