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China bans Windows 8 for government computers

  • 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.
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  • rsbduff@gmail.com
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    Years for what?

     

    We spent years fighting communism, lead by the Military industrial segment of our business leadership.......Then when that same leadership realized that we could make a lot of money....selling to those communist...they were "OK."

     

    Communist China makes every "worthless something," that has shipped 30 million U.S. jobs to Beijing...Communist Vietnam has favored nation status, after we left the blood of 75,000 of our sons and fathers...in those jungles. (Not counting the 80,000 who killed themselves, or turned orange and faded away with liver cancer.

     

    But, I can't believe China banned Windows 8 from government computers. I could take the melamine, the tainted mushrooms, the market manipulation of apple juice, and even the hacking of information from our corporations, but....banning Windows 8....."Now they have crossed the line." We must act....I suggest that we ban anything Chinese made...from selling at Walmart. (What....Oh right....they would have to close.)

     

    My insight is worth what I charge for it (some say less)
    RSBDuff
    20 May, 08:06 AM Reply Like
  • skingsley
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    you are so right and your thesis is special !! you are telling it as is !
    keep these types of comments coming!!!!
    20 May, 10:39 AM Reply Like
  • ewmpsi
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    Yes, this is part of the planned retaliation (IMO) and there will be more to follow...nonetheless, like the U.S. hacking accusations; there’s probably no “bite" behind this, just rhetoric. At some point there is likely a deal forthcoming post-posturing.
    20 May, 08:07 AM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    Win XP is essentially Cn's OS. The Govt kept Microsoft from suing false versions of that so that Windows would be common to increase market share in the future.

     

    The CCP outsmarted Microsoft!
    20 May, 08:19 AM Reply Like
  • BadDog40
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    90% of the windows software is pirated in China, so tell China to go pound sand.
    20 May, 08:27 AM Reply Like
  • KevinRemde
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    Very interesting development. I think it speaks well of Microsoft's anti-piracy technologies.

     

    You should add an additional "One wonders.." bullet to your summary:

     

    One wonders if this is in reaction to the improved security of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The Chinese government can't easily hack and "own" those machines if they're running the most secure desktop OS ever developed.

     

    (my opinion and not that of my employer)
    20 May, 09:15 AM Reply Like
  • skingsley
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    MSFT deserves this by having allowed China to pirate it's product. MSFT should have a built in feature to disallow pirating of it's product !! It's time China allowed it's
    citizens to have this freedom of product and will improve the countrys development
    without fear
    20 May, 10:45 AM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    Didn't Win 7 disallow pirating?
    20 May, 10:58 AM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Microsoft's online updating could be used to stop pirating anytime they want too. However, Microsoft's like any drug dealer that gives away samples to get marks hooked.
    20 May, 11:20 AM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Microsoft should use the next WXP and W7 bug fix like the recent IE issue to implant a "kill" switch in Windows XP and 7 that can selectively be turned on.

     

    China's just posturing in response to their exposure to W7 and Microsoft's high fees for continued support of XP. How does China think they're going to keep using Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio if they stop at WXP? However, the riff between the West and East via China, India and Russia could become really problematic if the EU and US keep up their WASP bigotry.
    20 May, 11:18 AM Reply Like
  • anil92691
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    The US fxxxed up badly when it accused a governing Chief Minister of a State (now to be the Prime Minister of India tomorrow) with a huge successful diaspora in the USA to appease the Muslims....of killing Muslims based on accusations of politicians of a rival party that could find a shred of evidence of his involvement. And the US pulled his VISA. Now they badly want him to apply.

     

    This guy is very pro-business and MSFT should not have a problem but the US Government may not get the same respect it had before.
    20 May, 01:41 PM Reply Like
  • anil92691
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    MSFT should ban the use of all Chinese products in its offices and on its products. And start selling its other products at a premium...a special "Xp" tax and a "piracy tax" for China.
    20 May, 01:43 PM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    Microsoft or Ballmer sucks up to Cn, it gave Cn privy to its access code that the USA govt is not.

     

    Long: MSFT
    20 May, 01:46 PM Reply Like
  • skingsley
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    America in WWII kissed everyones behind until the Japanese hit them at Pear Harbor. America also did nothing when they knew full well millons were being put to death for no reason.
    MSFT has had the same attitude towards China multi-billion $$ piracy.
    If they had this issue they should have some fix to shut them all down for
    non-payment as an update feature. The new software should have a fail safe anti-piracy feature. No MSFT product should be sold without the Chinese Govt
    agreeing to enforce anti piracy rules with strict penalties.
    MSFT should retaliate with an immeadiate XP shutdown of any pirated copies ... They
    21 May, 11:26 AM Reply Like
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