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NewsPoster May 20, 2014 10:08 AM
China bans Windows 8 from government computers over support concerns
China has <a href="" rel='nofollow'>banned</a> the use of Windows 8 on new computers used by the government, citing security issues. The limited lifetime of support for Microsoft operating systems, as evidenced recently with <a href=" irs.over.budget.troubles/" rel='nofollow'>Windows XP</a>, is said to have forced the government to decree all desktops, notebooks, and tablet PCs to run any other operating system than Windows 8. <br />
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<em>Xinhua</em> <a href="" rel='nofollow'>reports</a> the notice by the Central Government Procurement Center applies just to government offices, and not the domestic personal computer market. Windows XP is said to have a 70-percent market share in China, including the majority of government systems, with the ended support claimed to make the government wary of trusting another foreign-developed operating system again. <br />
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The government is also said to be focusing on developing its own operating system based on Linux. Initial efforts to do so, like StartOS and KylinOS, have yet to find a significant audience, though the government has attempted to accelerate efforts by approving the <a href=" curity/" rel='nofollow'>China Operating System</a> (COS) for mobile devices. <br />
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China's issues with operating system security could be seen as mildly ironic. Yesterday, the US government formally charged five military officials in the Chinese Government's People's Army with <a href=" .case.goes.forward/" rel='nofollow'>cyber-spying</a> and espionage, claiming US technology companies were hacked by the team for trade secrets and information about nuclear and solar technology.
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