China Drops Ban Hammer On Microsoft's Windows 8 For Government PCs

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China's Central Government Procurement Center has reportedly issued a ban on installing Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system on government computers. The ban is supposedly in place to ensure computer security after Microsoft decided to end support for Windows XP last April, a legacy OS that was released to the public nearly 13 years ago.

Citing a report from the Xinhua news agency, Reuters says the ban was included on part of a notice on the use of energy-saving products posted to its website last week, but that the notice didn't say how the ban would have any positive effect on energy savings, or how it might improve security.

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This doesn't appear to be a move in retaliation to the U.S. Department of Justice bringing about criminal charges to five individuals of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) for hacking, as those charges were announced yesterday, whereas the ban notice was posted a week ago.

Nevertheless, the move doesn't do Microsoft any favors in trying to push Windows 8 to a broader audience, especially those running Windows XP. As data firm Canalys notes, XP accounts for half of China's desktop market. By refusing to upgrade from XP, users sticking it out with the legacy OS will be susceptible to unpatched security holes.
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This doesn't make sense unless they're upgrading to Windows, 7, Linux, or Macs (the latter being extremely odd as far as I know for government sectors to use).

Microsoft stops support for Windows XP everywhere, and you ban the latest OS that will give you a far significant better significant coverage then the mostly pirated copy of Windows XP abundant in your country?

Microsoft is willing to maybe provide support for Windows XP if Governments pay for the costs towards doing that, and Microsoft has not been reported giving preferential treatment to any particular government about this.

Did China not want to pony up to support an OS that should be dead? To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if their copies of Windows XP is pirated as well...

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China, you're f***ing stupid.

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JMeloni replied on Tue, May 20 2014 3:04 PM

All those backdoors, don't blame them

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replied on Tue, May 20 2014 3:34 PM

well..this is good for open source.

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energy savings ? :)) trying a bit too hard to retaliate for recent accusations I guess

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3vi1 replied on Tue, May 20 2014 4:40 PM

> "This doesn't make sense unless they're upgrading to Windows, 7, Linux, or Macs".

TFA seems to have missed it, but they announced they're moving all government computers to Linux.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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China should give North Korea's Red Star OS a whirl.Big Smile

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RiCoFrost replied on Tue, May 20 2014 10:05 PM

Do they have any legal copies of windows in China?

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Any government should be using Linux, since it is the only OS that the people as a whole actually own. China, being fairly communist, is shockingly short-sighted to pander to the US by using Microsoft.

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