Yesterday it came out that the Chinese government had – for some slightly peculiar sounding reasons – decideed to ban the use of Windows 8 on its computer systems. In a statement to The Verge, Microsoft stated it was "surprised" by the move and has confirmed that it will continue to sell Windows 7 to them instead:
"Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Center and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement requirements. We have been and will continue to provide Windows 7 to government customers. At the same time we are working on the Windows 8 evaluation with relevant government agencies."
So, at least for now it looks like Windows will remain in some form. Whether or not that rumored XP alternative based on Linux comes to pass, only time will tell.
Source: The Verge