If you’re in the mainland China and looking to install Windows 8 operating system on your computer, then there is some good news for you. Recently the Chinese government had released a new law banning the latest operating system from Microsoft, and the company has been looking to work out something with the government. The Chinese government issued a ban on using Windows 8 computers on state-owned machines. This move was made from the Chinese government as a counterstrike on Microsoft for taking out the support provided for Windows XP computers that most of the Chinese people use.
As of now, the officials from Microsoft are working hard to make the government revoke the ban on Windows 8 operating system. Joanna Li of Microsoft commented on the issue as follows, “Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Center and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement requirements. At the same time we are working on the Windows 8 evaluation with relevant government agencies.”
Central State Organs of Government Procurement Center first issued the ban through an official notice that read, “All computer products are not allowed to install Windows 8 operating system.” Luckily for Microsoft the ban does not say anything about the Windows 8.1 operating system. This means that there is no ban on the Windows 8.1 operating system even though it is a revamped version of the Windows 8 operating system. The main reason that the government officials state for banning the operating system is the security issues found in the new operating system.
One good thing is that even though you are banned from installing the Windows 8 operating system, you still have the Windows 7 operating system, which still has a seven more years of support that is until 2020. However, it is advised that you take into account the use of Google’s Chrome operating system as an effective replacement to the Windows XP operating system. Some of the government agencies in the UK have already made the switch to Chrome books, and they state a significant amount of cost savings from the switch.
With their client base set to deplete due to the current ban, Microsoft will be looking to bring a workaround into play, or to placate the Chinese government and have them rescind the ban.