Tensions between the U.S. and China continue to heat up, and one particularly hot area of conflict is the tech sector. China's looking to get rid of its remaining dependencies on the United States, and it's making big plays to do so.
The Chinese government told government offices and public institutions that they need to remove all foreign computer software and equipment within three years. The move could require between 20 and 30 million devices to be replaced in that timeframe.
Microsoft's plans to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion could be an issue in China. The business-based social network censors content in that country, and that could be a problem if Microsoft decides to make some changes.
Mojang has announced that Minecraft will be coming to China on both PC and supported smartphones. The company, owned by Microsoft, is partnering with NetEase to develop a specific version of Minecraft tailored for the Chinese market.
There are several editions of Windows 10 to choose from, but if you're a member of the Chinese government, Microsoft has a version tailored just for you called Windows 10 Zhuangongban, or “Windows 10 Specially-provided Edition."
Qualcomm is looking to head into 2016 with a clean slate in China now that the company has signed new patent licensing deals in the country. Qualcomm has reached an agreement with smartphone manufacturers Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment and Haier Group.
Microsoft's Chinese chatbot program XiaoIce was recently introduced as a "trainee" weather host on the Chinese live TV show, "Morning News". The chatbot uses Microsoft's cloud data to come up with its weather reports that are then delivered in a voice that sounds like it comes from a human being.
In a press event at Beijing, Xiaomi launched its new smartphone and smart home products, and sneaked a Windows 10 tablet as well. The Mi Pad 2, the next generation of the Android-only Mi Pad, will also be available with Windows 10, and is now powered by an Intel processor.
Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Edge browser for Windows 10 in China will use Baidu as its default search engine, rather than Bing. Microsoft also announced that so far, 10 million devices in China have installed Windows 10
China is set to allow Microsoft's Xbox One and all other game consoles to be sold in their entire country, completely lifting a 15-years sales ban. China started allowing console sales inside their Shanghai Free Trade Zone in 2014.