India pushes for Windows 10 discount following recent ransomware attacks
In light of the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks, India is pushing Microsoft to provide a one-time discount on Windows 10 so that its more than 50 million Windows users can upgrade to a more secure version. Reuters reports that India's cyber security coordinator, Gulshan Rai, has indicated that Microsoft is open to the prospect.
According to the report, Rai first reached out to Microsoft with the idea following the WannaCry attack in May. India is requesting a one-time price cut that would allow users and businesses in the country to upgrade at what Rai describes as "throw-away prices." Currently, Windows 10 is offered in India at starting at 7,999 rupees ($124), with more expensive versions running up to 14,999 rupees ($232).
It's not clear what a discounted price might look like, but Rai expects to hear more "in a couple of days." For its part, Microsoft has not stated whether it intends to offer a discount. It's also not clear whether any other countries have reached out with similar proposals, but India could provide a model for other similar discounts.
Reuters adds that only a small portion of India's Windows PCs are currently running Windows 10. Compounding that problem is the "wide use of pirated Windows OS versions," which wouldn't have the latest security updates. That's a particularly big problem given the fact that WannaCry, and more recently Petya, seemed to most harshly impacted Windows 7 installations. A cheap upgrade path could help to mitigate the impact of another large-scale attack.
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By Jez Corden
Not for Genuine copies of Businesses.
Not for Genuine copies of Government PCs.
Also Windows is not in affordable category.
Also not All PCs are online. So this Kind of discount really helps curb Ransomware threat.
Here are some facts for you to know:
1. The offer was to upgrade from Windows7 and above to Windows10, and this article focused on upgrading from older OSs, much likely Windows XP. And the goal is to avoid ransomware.
2. India and China have a big number in population, and don't under estimate it. Because when you success in these markets you get a high value of profit. So when China government forces MS to make a China version of Windows10, they do it because the power in there hands, which is the big population, similarly India.
3. 7999Rs is about a half of the average person's monthly income. So that average person in India won't spend his monthly income for a new OS that he don't even know how to use, and not even used to it.
4. Windows XP is super widely used in India in normal shops and ATMs. The IT people here are lazy to upgrade the ATMs. Again, the government's goal is to avoid ransomware for now and the future.
Plus, I've seen from my personal experience with many of my friends here how careless they are with upgrades. Every time i asked them to get window 10 last year when the free upgrade was on, they would say "no my window 7 is best, its working fine and I've no issue. You do it, you are afterall Microsoft's minion" not even that even people from post office and banks did not pay heed to my suggestion I know I am no big person but I just asked some of the personal personally why are you not upgrading your computer's they say the same answer that their computer is doing what they want and they cannot upgrade just because something is new I really felt angry and bad about it and I Somehow feel today that this is karma teaching them a lesson. People there are absolutely indifferent to change they do not want to have anything new did you not want to know anything new even those people who have Windows 10 on the laptop which they bought recently I try to tell the new features and they say I don't need it I show them the app store and I showed them it has Facebook and WhatsApp and Skype and picsart and collage maker and so many other applications which they use on the Android apps but still they say no I don't need it I really feel bad about it and I do feel Microsoft should accept this chance because this will be a Win-Win situation for both of them Microsoft as well as the people of India it will be a good thing for Microsoft as it will help at inch closer towards it 1billion Windows 10 device as good as India has a big population and it will significantly add to its consumer base.