China bans Windows 8 for government computers

|By:, SA News Editor

China's Central Government Procurement Center has banned the use of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 8 operating system on government systems, with Xinhua saying that the move is to ensure computer security after the company stopped supporting Windows XP.

China has been a problematic market for Microsoft due to rampant piracy, and as data firm Canalys writes, the ban on Windows 8 "hampers Microsoft's push for the OS to replace XP, which makes up 50% of China's desktop market."

One wonders whether Microsoft is falling victim to a bit of tit-for-tat action after the U.S. accused five Chinese military officials of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets.