Chinese government gives Windows 8 the cold shoulder
The Chinese government released a statement today in which it declared that it will not be using Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system on any government computers. China's Central Government Procurement Center issued the ban, citing the usage of energy-saving products.
The Chinese central government's news channel, Xinhua News Agency, stated that the ban was enforced to ensure computer security, without elaborating on how the ban would promote energy-saving products or ensure security. The ban means that Windows 8 cannot be installed on any desktop, laptop or tablet that is used for government work.
China's decision to ban Windows 8 may be a direct result of Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP last month. The lack of support means that users on Windows XP are now vulnerable to viruses and hackers.
According to data firm Canalys, Windows XP makes up an estimated 50 percent of the desktop market share in China. Even though computer sales in China match that of the U.S., the revenue generated from software is a fraction of the hardware sales due to rampant piracy.
The Chinese government reportedly asked Microsoft to offer continued Windows XP support for free, mentioning that most users in the country recently purchased genuine licenses. However, Microsoft issued a statement announcing that China, like the rest of the world, will have to pay for custom support.
China's decision to ban Windows 8 will severely affect Microsoft's ability to market the OS in the region, as the government is the biggest source of revenue for computer software companies in the country. The government is reportedly working on an alternative to Windows XP based on Linux that will be distributed freely to all users in the country.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.
(also from India because of Chennai)
India and Finland have a tax agreement that each tax their own.
Now India wants to do double taxing.
I want both Obama and Niinistö to put high taxes to products from India.
Maybe you ARE the very taxman who had this venomous idea to tax illegally?
Nokia/MS is going nowhere from India. India is a big market for them if not the biggest. At least from their recent remarks- Nokia CEO said India is a good example for the company where the company has to focus on strategy for both high-end and entry-level mobile phones.
"India sets that aspiration... we also recognised very large number of people who are more constrained in their ability to spend. I think India is a good example where we have to do both. There are countries around the world where only high end plays, United States is an example," Elop said. I would never want a company to get unrooted from a region no matter where its established. But what you are saying is called racism in simple words.
Anyway, India is never harsh, and that's why BOSS didn't even see the light of the day. China is harsh and their OS would HAVE to be adopted by people.
democracy wrong :P
"We want to ban Windows 8 because we're pretty sure the NSA will use it to spy on us" That's probably the truth anyway...