Windows 8 Banned In China
According to the latest reports pouring in from various news agencies, China has gone forward to ban the latest Windows 8 operating system on Chinese government computers. This is a huge setback for Microsoft that has been using all its efforts for pushing the sales of Windows 8.
According to China’s Central Government Procurement Center, all systems used by central state agencies, whether they are desktops, laptops or tablets, should run any operating system other than Windows 8.This news was first reported by the official Xinhua news agency. The post on the Chinese official website roughly translates to, “All computer products are not allowed to install Windows 8 operating system”.
As of now, the reason for banning Windows 8 operating system is unknown. It’s not confirmed whether the underlying reason is Windows 8 problems which include preference to touch screen users. However, Xinhua news agency hinted that the country wants to avoid losing support for the operating systems it runs. This is in reference to Windows XP operating system that recently lost its official Microsoft support. Windows XP was running on majority of official Chinese government PC systems and continues to run long past the end of support deadline. Overall, it has been estimated that Windows XP runs on 70 percent of the systems in China, a huge number when comparing market shares of operating systems in other countries.
Microsoft noted that the rate of migration to other operating systems in China remains the lowest. Even though the ban only applies to Government office PC systems, the personal computer market remains unaffected. Yet, a surprisingly high number of users refuse to upgrade to Windows 8 or any other Windows version. Many believe Windows 8 problems like counter-intuitive user interface and lack of Start menu are the root cause of the issue.
Windows XP Continues To Roll
Expectedly, Microsoft was aghast by this sudden announcement. Microsoft spokesperson told the PCMag through an email saying, “We were surprised to learn about the reference to Windows 8. 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.”
Although it’s unclear what the future plans are, wild rumors are afloat which suggest that China would push for a home-cooked OS most lightly based on Linux shell. For the time being, China will have to adjust with third party security patches to mitigate security attacks.
Read more »