Microsoft unveils a new version of Windows 10 built for the Chinese government

Microsoft has wrapped up its latest hardware event in China, where alongside the unveiling of the new Surface Pro, a number of existing products were given Chinese releases. The company also unveiled a new version of Windows 10, known as "Windows 10 China Government Edition."

Windows 10 China Government Edition is a modified version of Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, created in collaboration with the Chinese government over the past two years. This version supposedly boasts bespoke high security for the government and stated-owned entities, while retaining the defining features of Windows 10.

The Windows 10 China Government Edition is based on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, which already includes many of the security, identity, deployment, and manageability features governments and enterprises need. The China Government Edition will use these manageability features to remove features that are not needed by Chinese government employees like OneDrive, to manage all telemetry and updates, and to enable the government to use its own encryption algorithms within its computer systems.

Three customers have already announced their plans to adopt Windows 10 China Government Edition, including China Customs, the City of Shanghai and Westone Information Technology. Lenovo has also announced its plans to preinstall the OS on certain devices going forward.

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • "MS unveils new version of Surface Phone built for the American government"
    😜😜😜 I told y'all. I won't stop.
  • LOLz, then i'll just laugh, k?
  • What kind of phone do you use?
  • I use a urMom 7... its the most used phone on the planet
  • Wah, wah, wah.... 🙄🙄🙄
  • Wondering where Microsoft put the back door. You know for sure it has one or two.
  • 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
  • How about win10 China edition for US consumers?!
  • and EU without all the hidden spying processes in the background!
  • I like the idea of an EU edition.  Of course you don't get any choices, everything is chosen for you.  When you sign up for it it converts your bank account to Euros and sends 10% to Greece every month.  But you get exclusive access to the new Marvel Comix Superhero, Mr Micron.  This is better than Spiderman.  He has an amazing superpower..  He can change instantly from being the President of France to a tiny, miniscule little human ant just by speaking on the phone to somebody in Germany.  Hence his name Mr Micron.
  • Didn't EU regulations result in a Windows version without a browser?
  • No. It resulted in you were asked to choose browser. The choices were IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. It was stupid, because it was just browser companies that felt Microsoft had an unfair advantage, but no one complained when lesser OSes did the same thing. The point is that it was hypotricitcal and what changed? No one care now. Utterly pointless :)
  • So, you want your data to be sent to China government instead? Fine by me.
  • So in other words, this OS is filled with every possible keylogger to watch on govt employees?
  • Must be such fun living in China /sarcasm
  • I'd imagine people born into it are used to it.
  • Who the **** would downvote this?.. What, you don't like logic?.. Lol. The hell?
  • I mean, as long as youre relatively wealthy its probably an absolute blast. Shanghai is legit
  • I live in China.  It's GREAT.  The food is good the women are beautiful and I make a LOT more money than I did when I lived in the USA.  You guys need to ditch all that socialism and discover Capitalism again.  It's GREAT!
  • Business have to accommodate the regulations of the areas they wish to do business in, even if they don't agree personally. The other option is to not do business there.
  • ^this
  • How about Windows 10 NSA Edition? Oh, that's the standard one :p
  • Windows 10 Paid in Yen Edition
  • That is Japanese.
  • Lmao
  • Normally, the W10E should be able to do all that. I mean, no telemetry at all if configured by the enterprise. I think Chinese government edition means all data is within their jurisdiction and government can access everything if needed. More control.
  • Windows 10 Totalitarian Edition
  • that's just the normal win 10 with full telemetry
  • At least they're smart enough to want something secure that meets THEIR needs, unlike the countless other world government branches still using XP, while being connected to the internet. D'oh!
  • If there is any monitoring functions in this edition, it at least will only be used inside government system, which seems to me not a bad thing at all. 
  • Windong
  • great move by Microsoft
  • Will this include features that stop China's hacking of US and other countries' companies?
  • ie. The Microsoft Windows 10 Repressive Regime edition.