updated 09:46 am EDT, Wed April 9, 2014
Security, migration services offered at low-cost to end-users
Lenovo, Microsoft, Tencent Holdings, and an assortment of smaller companies have teamed to continue support for the venerable Windows XP operating system in China. Support for the 13-year-old Windows XP has concluded in the United States, but estimates place 70 percent of Chinese users still running the vulnerable operating system.
"For domestic users who continue to use Windows XP before upgrading to a new operating system, we have made it a priority to provide safety protections," Microsoft says of the China deal. Services offered to users will be data security, virus repairs, and migration assistance to newer, and presumably more secure, versions of Microsoft's operating systems.
Tencent wil provide XP support for free. Qihoo 360 Technology will help users transition to newer OS versions for about $50. Lenovo has not made any statement about what it will be offering.