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China bans use of Microsoft's Windows 8 on government PCs

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    China bans use of Microsoft's Windows 8 on government PCs


    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.

    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.
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    Microsoft will continue selling Windows 7 to Chinese government after Windows 8 ban

    In an email statement to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson said the company was "surprised" to see its new operating system banned, and that it will continue to sell Windows 7 to government clients until a resolution is reached.

    "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," the statement reads. "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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    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.
    I've often wondered about Windows energy saving policies.

    I can pan and zoom around 500MB images in Photoshop quite happily with the GPU sitting there quietly all day long. Yet, I only have to open a blank Internet Explorer page and the GPU fan goes nuts. Can't be very good for energy consumption and obviously isn't calculated based on GPU load or temperature.
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    The real issue as far as China goes, is that they are pissed that Microsoft stopped support for XP. That's why they are boycotting Windows 8. Now they have to ditch all those pirated copies of XP and actually think about buying Windows.
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    I don't think they would be crying if all those copies of XP on government machines were pirated, I think they just don't want to pay for Windows 8; maybe a discount from Microsoft or the US making a large payment on Chinese loans might change their minds about upgrading all their government machines to Windows 8.
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    That's what I read somewhere the other day. How true it is I don't know. But yes, I agree, either way they are not happy spending the money to upgrade all the PC's they have running XP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    That's what I read somewhere the other day. How true it is I don't know. But yes, I agree, either way they are not happy spending the money to upgrade all the PC's they have running XP.
    Not only is it true but in the past China has been caught selling illegally made Windows CD's with hacked Windows key's by the millions.

    This is one of the reason's that China has it's own special Windows 8 .ISO's because Msoft knows how big they are on pirating.
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    Chinese want to develop their own OS 'cause they don't trust software made ​​in the USA.
    MS/Apple backdoors inside docet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The real issue as far as China goes, is that they are pissed that Microsoft stopped support for XP. That's why they are boycotting Windows 8. Now they have to ditch all those pirated copies of XP and actually think about buying Windows.
    The trouble with that theory is that the US blames the Chinese Government for writing malware that infects Windows.
    If that is actually true, then they should have no problems writing their own XP patches.

    In fact, they could release XP patches, undercut Microsoft's charges and XP users would never have to upgrade to W8.

    Also, if anyone could locate and disable NSA backdoors/hacks it would be the Chinese hackers.
    Of course the NSA backdoors/hacks would be replaced with the Chinese versions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
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    Indeed.
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