About The Windows 8 Ban In China
The recent decision by the Chinese government to ban the use of Windows 8 on government computers has raised a lot of questions. According to the reports published online, Chinese government issued an order stating that the use of foreign operating systems in their government offices is a security threat. Some tech experts pointed out that the Chinese government might be referring to the Windows 8 transfer options in the new OS for the storing and retrieving of data on an online cloud service account.
Did the end of XP support prompt the Chinese government to take this decision?
Many months ago, when Microsoft announced that they are ending the support for Windows XP, the Chinese government asked Microsoft to extend the deadline citing the huge number of government systems still running on the 13-year old OS. But, Microsoft went ahead with their announced deadline, and is now working on providing XP support through third party software developers in China.
The Windows 8 transfer from Windows XP will require huge investment, and a complete overhaul of the IT infrastructure in all the Chinese government offices. And, the Chinese government has realised that they have to do it again in the near future, when Microsoft pulls the plug on another Windows OS. Running their government systems on operating systems no longer receiving the software manufacturer’s support, is not practical either.
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So, it has become apparent to the pragmatic Chinese that they have to develop their own operating system, which will take up less hardware resources and receive regular tech support as long as they need it. There are many Chinese companies, who can rise up to this challenge of creating a domestic OS to replace the Windows operating systems, without compromising on efficiency or security features.
But, obviously, this might take a while. In the meantime, the Chinese government employees can continue to use the old Windows operating systems like Windows XP, Windows 7, etc, all excluded from the list of banned ‘foreign’ operating systems. The Windows 7 OS, for example, will receive one more year of mainstream support.
So, those government employees, who wants to upgrade to more recent operating system can switch to Windows 7 and continue using it for one year. By that time, the Chinese government would have found a suitable alternative for the Windows operating system. And, yes, though the use of Windows 8 is not banned for private users, this will affect the Windows 8 sales in China by a big margin.
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