China bans Windows 8 on government computers

China bans Windows 8 on government computers

June 23, 2014

Lenovo Store in Beijing ChinaChina announced a ban on the Windows 8 operating system, the most current version of Microsoft’s operating system, on government PCs. As reported by the country’s official agency, Xinhua, the Central Government has made this decision as a measure to guarantee the security of the PCs.

Apparently, the Central Government Procurement Center has launched an intensive renovation of all computer equipment used in Chinese institutions.

Apparently, this change has been motivated by the end of the era of Windows XP, a version of Microsoft’s operating system that was largely on PCs located in China. In fact, just a couple of months ago, Windows XP’s share was still exceeding 27% in the global market. In China, however, these percentages skyrocket. So much so that between 60% and 70% of Chinese computers are still stuck in the past of Windows XP.

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