After Microsoft ended it’s XP support service and screwed over 200 million Chinese users, the government was rightfully wary of the US software giant. So they excluded Windows 8 from government computers, and forced state programs to switch over to a domestic OS. We have an inkling that many of the average users will follow suit. Xinhua reports:
Currently, most government computers run Windows XP, which has a 70-percent market share in China. But Microsoft ended support for this 13-year-old system on April 8, arousing safety concerns and appeals for domestically-designed OS.
Despite major Chinese software security companies having promised to provide technical assistance to guard against risks, Windows XP users have remained fearful about potential dangers such as hacker attacks.
And the Chinese government obviously cannot ignore the risks of running OS without guaranteed technical support. It has moved to avoid the awkwardness of being confronted with a similar situation again in future if it continues to purchase computers with foreign OS.
Apart from purchase restrictions for central government offices, China will focus on the development of its own OS based on Linux, a move which An Yang, a security expert with Qihoo 360 Technology, said was a necessity although progress has been disappointing.
Still, perhaps there’s a sliver lining seeing as this marks a semi-victory for local software industries – in fact some suspect, that just like with the UK dairy and foreign car initiatives, there might be a protectionist ulterior motive.
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