Windows XP remains very popular in China
As elsewhere in the world, Windows is the dominant desktop operating system in China, despite the efforts of local governments to attract Chinese consumers to use Linux. Thus, almost all computers in China are running one or another version of the software from Microsoft.
Recently, China imposed a ban on the use of Windows 8 on government computers and at the same time began a project to develop its own version of Linux. However, according to the statistics of StatCounter for the month of may, the operating system from Microsoft is in the lead in China by a wide margin, and this situation is unlikely to change in the near future.
Currently, the most popular version is Windows 7, which is installed on the 49.62% of computers in the country and second place is Windows XP with a share 41.01% – an enviably high percentage, which provides a prestigious position outdated OS. «Eight» holds the third place with the spread of 3.52% of Chinese computers. Newer version – Windows 8.1 – have a share of 2.08%.
Operating systems with open source Linux-based, recommended by the government, is not popular among the Chinese. In the published data for may, absent any Linux distributions.
Microsoft is continuing negotiations with the Chinese authorities to reconsider its decision in relation to Windows 8. The company is struggling against a massive level of software piracy in the country, trying to accelerate the adoption of the modern platform on the largest market in the world.