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Government is one of Microsoft's few paying customers in China, where piracy runs rampant

The Chinese government is in a bit of a spat with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) over Windows support.  Relations between the pair have long been strained over accusations of rampant piracy in the fast-growing Asian nation.
But with the end of support for most SKUs of the 13-year-old Windows XP things have reached the boiling point.  China has said that it plans to continue to use Windows XP on most government computers.  The government says it will patch the aging operating system itself, rather than pay Microsoft large fees as the UK government has agreed to.
Now it's lashed out at Microsoft with a punitive gesture.
In a Chinese language notice posted on the website of the China's Central Government Procurement Center the government official banned Windows 8 from its computers.  Reuters reports:

The official Xinhua news agency said the ban was to ensure computer security after Microsoft ended support for its Windows XP operating system, which was widely used in China.

It's not immediately clear how sticking with the unsupported Windows XP rather than the regularly updated Windows 8 will improve security.  The comment may also related to the growing rift between China and the U.S. over spying by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).  Amid accusations that the NSA is intercepting shipments of hardware and software from American companies and modifying them with spying features, China is looking to avoid government use of hardware made in America.

Windows 8 in China
Former Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky announces Windows 8 at an Oct. 2012 launch event in China. [Image Source: EPA]

Even if that was what China was hinting at, the prohibition notice was aired in an odd spot as it was put in an energy efficiency notice.
Windows 8 is still available for sale in the Chinese consumer market, retailing for 888 yuan, or roughly $142 USD.  Currently, roughly 50 percent of Chinese computers run Windows XP, well above the global consumer average of about 25 percent.  In 2011 then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told employees that due to China's rampant piracy Microsoft makes less in revenue from the Asian nation than the tiny European country of the Netherlands, whose population is about 1/80th the size of China's.
Still the decision of the Chinese government -- typically one of the few parties in China not to pirate Microsoft's products -- to snub Windows 8 is a blow to Microsoft's campaign to reinvigorate sales of the 2-year-old operating system.

Source: Reuters

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RE: More and More Government
By NellyFromMA on 5/20/2014 2:35:27 PM , Rating: 2
It isn't a false debate, its just being talked about incorrectly by people uninterested to get into the real details because the public-at-large is too fickle to hear the reality of things and/or inexperienced with the reality of the topic altogether.

Let someone from Massachusetts who has dealt with what Obamacare is based off tell you what it is, if I could:

Romney-care / Obamacare is a tax penalty for not participating in the highly flawed private sector, with private sector buy in due to larger market pool via force.

That's all. Your premiums will NOT go down. They will NOT flatten.

It's your forced participation in almost exactly the same market as previous existed, except the VERY TINY amount of leverage the consumer had in this purchase has been removed. Oh, but the trade off is everyone who didn't pay or overused before is now compensated for by the healthy.

Consumer choice was reduced from choice to enroll or choose your vendor to choose your vendor or pay your government for not paying the private sector.

The burden for the aging boomers and those who visit the ER but don't pay for insurance or their bills is being shifted to their children (generational theft) and conveniently as such the minimum requirement for what is acceptable healthcare and practice is boosted and paid for on the backs of the 20 and 30 somethings of today, probably on the hopes that they are too complacent to realize the poor deal they just were forced into.

It was a flawed system before, and its not being fixed now, it just pushes the problems onto another generation.

Whether you think that's a good idea or a bad one, well, I'd rather not debate. Let's just say, as an adult turning 29 today, I'm NOT a fan. And that's from experience.

The healthcare system was flawed before and it's flawed now and will be when Obamacare is in full effect. The problem with healthcare is that the sector as a whole has been protected from anti-trust violations for a long time and it has been easier for politicians to put the issue off until the sad current state of affairs.

Who knows what the right answer is, but the current implementation as pioneered by Romney and implemented by Obama isn't the fix. It's a bad compromise between two drastically different schools of thought that only politicians and insurance companies and the uninsured

RE: More and More Government
By NellyFromMA on 5/20/2014 2:37:49 PM , Rating: 2
... stood to gain from. Not sure why that last part cut off :/

RE: More and More Government
By mackx on 5/20/2014 5:07:55 PM , Rating: 2
and what the fuck does all this have to do with microsoft, china, XP and windows 8?

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser

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