China Bans Windows 8 From Government Computers

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China Bans Windows 8 From Government Computers

Windows 8 systems

China's government will not allow the use of Microsoft's Windows 8 on any of its computers.

In a statement related to the use of energy-saving computer hardware released last week, China's Central Government Procurement Center announced that government computers will not be allowed to run Windows 8. The ban comes not because Windows 8 systems are less energy efficient than previous versions of Microsoft's operating system, but because of long-term concerns about security.

The official Xinhua news agency said the government imposed the ban "to avoid the awkwardness of being confronted with a similar situation again in future if it continues to purchase computers with (a) foreign OS." That "situation" would be the recent end of support for Windows XP, which is a much bigger deal in China than in most other parts of the world: Network World said last August that nearly three-quarters of the PCs in the country were still running under XP and predicted that figure would still stand at more than 65 percent as of April 2014.

Net Market Share pegs the rate at a more moderate but still significant 37 percent, while Canalys puts its market share at 50 percent; whatever the actual number, the ban on Windows 8 is a blow to Microsoft's efforts to promote it over its predecessors. China is the largest market for personal computers in the world, surpassing the U.S. for the top spot in 2012, and the government alone spent nearly $160 million that year just to replace pirated software on official computers, an effort that included the purchase of more than 158,000 operating system licenses.

Making Microsoft's position in the Middle Kingdom even more difficult is the Chinese government's effort to develop its own Linux-based operating system. Qi Xiangdong, president of Chinese antivirus company Qihoo 360, told Xinhua the first step toward creating a viable homegrown OS is to mandate its use on official computers, although consumers will be left to opt for whatever system they prefer.

Sources: ZD.net, Reuters

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Windows 8-sucks so much, nobody's complaining China banning it.

So they banned it because they were left in the dark when Microsoft pulled support for XP? I guess if there's one thing the US and Chinese governments have in common, it's a total inability to upgrade operating systems in a timely manner...

I wonder what the Chinese plan to use instead of they stop using Microsoft.

someone should tell china that windows 7 still has the start button.

This is one of China's bans that I approve of.

Because Windows 8 sucks. I know, it's my opinion. But... man, it sucks. Had to make sure that the new laptop I got had the option to come with Windows 7 instead of 8.

I agree with something China did. I certainly didn't see that happening when I got up today.

Microsoft is not having a good time making friends lately. They piss gamers with XboxOne, then everyone who liked Windows 7 with Windows 8 and now the Chinese with pulling XP support and Windows 8. At this rate their going have to find intelligent life on other planets to find someone to buy their OS.

They make it sound like Microsoft decided to pull support randomly, when in fact its been planned for years. I wish them all the best with that special linux OS they developed, but I'm rather content with w8.1.

Fasckira:
They make it sound like Microsoft decided to pull support randomly, when in fact its been planned for years. I wish them all the best with that special linux OS they developed, but I'm rather content with w8.1.

Yeah, it's not like there's some secret plan for end of support: Microsoft posts their lifecycle on their freaking website. It's one thing not to like it, and another entirely to feel like you've been stabbed in the back.

Meh. I dont mind windows 8. I don't love it but it is okay. Not as bad as the internet makes it out to be. The standard tile startscreen is pretty useless though. I only use the desktop. Kind of makes you wobder what the point is. I also open all my programs in desktop soooooooo... Yea. I tried using the tiles. Sucked too much.

Have 8.1, it's marginally better, but 7 still functions faster and more smoothly. It says something when a major producer of PCs (HP) still offers people the option of getting Win 7. I swear, MS takes a nap every other gen. Bravo China, way to protect your citizens from crappy OS's!

I still don't know how long people expected MS to continue supporting Windows XP. It's freaking 14 years old!!! It's also been announcing the retirement of the OS for years. I may not like windows 8 (sticking with 7 for now, love it) but I can't get behind people moaning about being left without protection. Just upgrade already. It's worse in my country where banks, even under such a protracted warning, never bothered to upgrade the OS on the ATM machines all over the place, so now they're just sitting ducks for exploit. Suddenly, they're concerned.

CAPTCHA: "love me". I guess China doesn't love you, MS. Stop begging.

First time I see China banning something that should be banned. But just because MS is pulling support from XP, and not because the interface is absolutely horrible?

One point out of pity, at least the end result is sensible.

couldnt stand windows 8. they must of banned it from sheer frustration

While I could make a joke about "hur hur windows 8 sucks" I'll instead opt for pointing out the actual reason behind this, that being that China doesn't want the US to snoop in their computers through backdoors in the windows OS. Honestly, I'd expect all future windows OSs to also be banned in lieu of some Chinese knock-off or otherwise rip on windows or even Linux that has been re-packaged with another name.

dyre:
So they banned it because they were left in the dark when Microsoft pulled support for XP? I guess if there's one thing the US and Chinese governments have in common, it's a total inability to upgrade operating systems in a timely manner...

I wonder what the Chinese plan to use instead of they stop using Microsoft.

Obvious answer: Linux

Heck in many, many countries that aren't the big 10, government agencies run on linux systems. Originally it was done as a cost saving measure and as linuxhas improved they've enjoyed quite a few benefits such as being a bit more proof against viruses and security leaks, . Also the ability to customize has meant that the OS and it's capabilities can be tailored to specific needs.

Either way this is gonna hurt MS wallets big time and they were already talking about Windows 9....

I am fairly indifferent to all the MS love/hate stuff, so I don't care in terms of that impact. But that decision uses some horrid logic.

We are worried about security. Because many of our systems use an OS that is no longer being supported, a decision that was forewarned several years ago, we are going to stop our users from being able to get the newest OS that is actually supported and more secure, just in case this happens again since we are unwilling to prepare for it.

In part, this was done so that we can transition to our own OS, which isn't completed, and is bound to be less secure because, frankly, this is our first rodeo and we are going to make mistakes.

Good luck with that.

I wish the UK had banned Windows 8. I wanted to call the police after a week of using it. I felt as though I had been seriously abused. They said that it just takes getting used to. I've now been using it for 11 months and every single day I am fucked in the face by this pile of old cum. There is simply no getting used to being fucked in the face by an OS developed by degenerates. In the store I asked if they could give me Win7, but they said it would cost an extra 100. Fuckers.

Hmmm... the Chinese government has always been openly protectionist. They don't want to upgrade and renew licenses from a US mega-corporation. It could also be a way to restrict access. If they use their own OS they are probably making it more difficult to hack and at the same time an official OS would allow them to have easier bundled access to anyone using that software.

But china has also proven it's self woefully incompetent at developing original ideas. The way their society, military and government are structured doesn't exactly promote original thinking. Their linux will probably just be stolen pieces cobbled together like their pretty pitiful "Green youth dam" software was.

You know why they call it Windows 8?

Because when you see it, you turn a full 8 and walk away from it

Did China lift its console ban on Xbox one yet? If they did, it would make a funny situation.

evilnancyreagan:
You know why they call it Windows 8?

Because when you see it, you turn a full 8 and walk away from it

What.

lucky bastards, nobody should be forced to use that horrible OS

uchytjes:
While I could make a joke about "hur hur windows 8 sucks" I'll instead opt for pointing out the actual reason behind this, that being that China doesn't want the US to snoop in their computers through backdoors in the windows OS. Honestly, I'd expect all future windows OSs to also be banned in lieu of some Chinese knock-off or otherwise rip on windows or even Linux that has been re-packaged with another name.

and?

my government has done a shitload of retarded things (i live in venezuela), but the initiative of installing linux on all government computers is actually one of the least dumb things theyve done

it saves costs in liscensing, is less vulnerable to viruses, and is generally faster than windows

evilnancyreagan:
You know why they call it Windows 8?

Because when you see it, you turn a full 8 and walk away from it

Oh man, I'm laughing so hard at that.

The original line was stupid enough, but you just made it even worse.

Wait? Why are they trying to reinvent the wheel here? Ubuntu has already developed a flavor of linux directed at Chinese users specifically. For free. No license required. With Debian support...

Good grief, China, get on board! Kylin is there and it would mean good things for the linux community at large!!

Good, now adopt Linux and you'll be good to go for a long time.

Fasckira:
They make it sound like Microsoft decided to pull support randomly, when in fact its been planned for years. I wish them all the best with that special linux OS they developed, but I'm rather content with w8.1.

I have Win 8.1 on 2 systems, I hate it (although it has improved on original Win 8), my main system is staying 7 and if 9 goes the same way as 8 then my next OS may be steam OS.

OT: Yeah I have Windows 8 banned in my house too, can't say I blame them consider how shitty 8/8.1 has been. Windows millennium 3.0 (2.0 being Vista)

Eww I agree with the government of China about something. *scrubs but the dirt won't come off*

Well I'm all for people banning Windows 8, but I'm not aware of a competing 'local' alternative.

I am using Windows 8.1 myself and since Update 1 it is actually just as good as Windows 7. You just have the start menu replaced with this "modern" start app which allows for greater customization than the start menu and even if you don't use it you won't be missing the start menu at all when you can pull up the control panel, an elevated command prompt and several other useful things with a single right click on the lower left corner of the screen which is basically a start menu anyway and even has the sign out and shut down options to that effect.

And there's also the VASTLY superior task manager which is more powerful than ever and allows you to easily see what is "bottlenecking" your system so you can upgrade the relevant part and get better performance.

CAPTCHA: Forbidden Fruit

...

I swear that thing is sentiant

Windows 8: so terrible it's been banned from a country where people resell used condoms as hair ties.

Signa:

evilnancyreagan:
You know why they call it Windows 8?

Because when you see it, you turn a full 8 and walk away from it

Oh man, I'm laughing so hard at that.

The original line was stupid enough, but you just made it even worse.

And by worse you mean better, WAY better.

I'm really sick of escapists coming onto these threads and not reading the fucking article.

I'm confused, why does everyone hate Windows 8?

Also, why is the majority of China using an OS so old it's reached their age of consent?

evilnancyreagan:
You know why they call it Windows 8?

Because when you see it, you turn a full 8 and walk away from it

Dafuq? Am I missing some context, or do you just not math good?

Not related in any way to the horrible "we made this for touch screens, too bad if you don't have one" interface design they decided was the one option they went with.

Communist party is so insular that I doubt they have allowed even Vista or 7 to be released, so XP is only "legal" option.

And the joke is modified from Xbox, but it has 360 for full rotation. Too small choice before Windows goes to three-digit versions.

BigTuk:
Obvious answer: Linux

Heck in many, many countries that aren't the big 10, government agencies run on linux systems. Originally it was done as a cost saving measure and as linuxhas improved they've enjoyed quite a few benefits such as being a bit more proof against viruses and security leaks, . Also the ability to customize has meant that the OS and it's capabilities can be tailored to specific needs.

Either way this is gonna hurt MS wallets big time and they were already talking about Windows 9....

i work for the government (no, relly). and at least here we dont use any linux systems other than servers. then again we also suck at updating, im posting this from an XP machine and a very old one at that actually. Half the staff got to Win 7 though, only half to go.

noone uses linux here other than few enthusiasts. youll quicker see machines running dos than linux.

Brian Tams:
I'm really sick of escapists coming onto these threads and not reading the fucking article.

And im sick of titles not representing article content, i guess we will both go home sad then.

Olas:
I'm confused, why does everyone hate Windows 8?

Also, why is the majority of China using an OS so old it's reached their age of consent?

Why not? WIndows 8 looks horrible and has terrible UI. Its improvements are invisible to regular users.

majority of the world use old OSes because why fix whats not broken? if it performs well, has no security holes left and you already own it, why buy expensive new product that you will have to spend years fixing and millions in reeducating staff? Why compromize your data when it was working fine?

Olas:
Dafuq? Am I missing some context, or do you just not math good?

the person who created the original wasnt good either. 360 is full circle.

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