China bans use of Windows 8 on government computers; Microsoft ‘surprised’

“China has banned government use of Windows 8, Microsoft Corp’s latest operating system, a blow to a U.S. technology company that has long struggled with sales in the country,” Paul Carsten reports for Reuters. “The Central Government Procurement Center issued the ban on installing Windows 8 on Chinese government computers as part of a notice on the use of energy-saving products, posted on its website last week.”

“The official Xinhua news agency said the ban was to ensure computer security after Microsoft ended support for its Windows XP operating system, which was widely used in China,” Carsten reports. “‘We were surprised to learn about the reference to Windows 8 in this notice,’ the company said in a statement.”

“China has long been a troublesome market for Microsoft. Former CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly told employees in 2011 that, because of piracy, Microsoft earned less revenue in China than in the Netherlands even though computer sales matched those of the United States,” Carsten reports. “Last month, Microsoft ended support for the 13-year-old Windows XP to encourage the adoption of newer, more secure versions of Windows. This has potentially left XP users vulnerable to viruses and hacking. ‘China’s decision to ban Windows 8 from public procurement hampers Microsoft’s push of the OS to replace XP, which makes up 50 percent of China’s desktop market,’ said data firm Canalys.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The hits just keep on coming for Microsoft!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “silverhawk1” for the heads up.]

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37 Comments

    1. Yeah BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Only Microsoft suffers from clueless “suprisiosity.” Everyone else is saying “well duh.” Can you BE anymore out if touch? Does this portend anything but doom for the MS Titanic?

      1. I did get to meet and “touch” Windows 8 if only briefly due to a 5 day Visual Studio 2012 training last year. Yet, that was enough to know Windows 8 is bad and doomed.

        1. Yes mine is a nice looking Macbook copycat with a touch screen. The touch screen is useful when it does what you want, but they definitely shipped it before it was ready. Windows 8 is just a mess.

  1. This is a response to the hacking charges that Washington filed on their military people. It is just for show. They would have installed pirated copies in their PCs anyway if they were stupid enough to install Windows 8 in anything. The Macs come with the OS already installed at No Additional Charge.

    So, what does Microsoft’s business model really look like? Know one is paying hundreds of dollars per copy to install an OS in any computer anymore. Microsoft, this game is over!

  2. Windows XP has vunerabilities.

    Windows 8 has them hardwired to the NSA ( Snowden et al).

    China is not the only country to ban it in sensitive environments.

    1. I suspect that Mac OS X and iOS both have their own cleverly disguised NSA backdoors, too. Not to mention all the possible vectors for popular software to contain NSA code… *cough*Acrobat*cough*

        1. Being willfully blind to the constant revelations of the US government using hardware intercepts, software backdoors, compromised encryption ‘standards’, telephony/IM/email interception, the vacuuming of metadata on a global scale, etc … all both domestically AND internationally … anyone?

          Anyone?

          There are no tinfoil hat wearers anymore (if there ever was). Only fools who use that old trope to try and silence any person pointing out that the ‘Land of the Free’ ™ has, since at least the early 2000’s, quickly become ‘Land of the Self Deluded About Being Free’ and the origin point for the same freedom stripping surveillance being imposed on the entire world.

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