China rules out Windows 8 for government computers

May 20, 2014

China's government says it will avoid buying computer equipment that runs on Windows 8 in a setback for Microsoft's efforts to promote the operating system.

Tuesday's announcement said desktop, laptop and tablet personal computers bought for government use must use a different operating system. The brief statement gave no explanation.

Microsoft wants customers to switch to Windows 8 after support for its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system ended in April. Some customers have avoided that, citing expense and inconvenience.

The is the biggest buyer of computer software in China, so its purchasing decisions can have a significant impact on sales.

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dedereu
1 / 5 (2) May 20, 2014
Changing of win X every two years is good for microsoft but not useful to write and read simple texts on the internet !!
In all winX you have some spies and endless leaks of memory in all the WinX, for any X, with silly code for quite too much big programs !!
winX is not stable, for any X, I need to start again WinX every days to prevent crashes (memory leaks ) and the number of security updates and flaws (more than 100 each years) proves than winX is quite bad silly programming code, never written again from zero, but simply, a garbage of updates.
XP is as good for what I need and simply the security bugs inside can be a reason to change, because they will be never corrected. But the following WinX have a quite large number of security flaws, endless !!
1.3 billions of Chineses can write their own Win from scratch in chineses characters, with no silly code inside, but with Chinese spies inside !!
Doug_Huffman
1 / 5 (1) May 20, 2014
Bwahaha! Can't slip anything over on our creditor-landlord, they didn't get that way by being stupid. M$ defective by design! FOSS forever.