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Chinese Government Bans Windows 8 From Its Machines
Not buying it

 7:55 pm on May 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

The Chinese government has said it will not use Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoftís venerable desktop operating system.

The decision was announced last week on the website of the Procurement Center for Chinaís Central Government, but not widely reported until today, when a story appeared from Xinhua, Chinaís state news agency. In an emailed statement, Microsoft said it would continue to work with the Central Government Procurement Center and other government agencies.

As it stands, Microsoft can still sell Windows 8 in the country. Itís just that the Chinese government will no longer be a buyer. The American software giant has been selling Windows in China for more than 20 years, but the company has had problems with widespread piracy of the OS, and like many U.S. technology companies, itís still struggling to do business in the country. The ban by the government is just the latest bump in the road.

Some of those future XP visitors might be Chinese bureaucrats on lunch break.



 8:14 pm on May 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

Yes, I saw that here this morning: [webmasterworld.com...] the link to the article at BBC News is there.


 9:46 pm on May 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

Humm... asia-pacific-search engines... explains why I missed it (don't do much biz there). Thought this was MS biz, not search... Sorry for the duplicate M$ report!

Mod, please lock replies and link to the earlier report. No need for duplication!

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