I at least halfway expect that Microsoft will be forced once again, by popular demand, to extend the life of XP. Indeed, I wouldn't be surprised if XP were established as a permanent fixture.
Or as permanent as Microsoft, anyway.
But, to quote from the article, "If you’re not taken with Microsoft’s Vista, 7, or 8, Linux has always been a reliable runner up for former Windows users."
Most computers in China are running unlicensed versions of XP.