Microsoft says it will continue to offer Windows 7 to Chinese government

Last week, the Chinese government announced that it would ban the use of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system in its PCs, citing rather vague reasons about security and energy use. Now Microsoft has issued a response to this issue, stating that Chinese officials could still use Windows 7 instead.

In a statement sent to the BBC, a Microsoft spokesperson said they were "surprised" by the notice from the Chinese government. It added:

Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Centre and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement requirements. We have been and will continue to provide Windows 7 to government customers. At the same time we are working on the Window 8 evaluation with relevant government agencies.

The announcement of the ban of Windows 8 on China's government PCs came just a few weeks after they revealed that it would continue to use Windows XP, even though the nearly 13-year-old OS will no longer receive any security patches and updates from Microsoft. Windows XP is believed to be installed on over half of all PCs in China, mainly because most people use pirated copies of the OS.

Source: BBC | Image via Lenovo

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With Microsoft hardening the OEM rules by requiring TPM / Secureboot enabled, I can see how chinese government wouldn't want machines they can't get bootkit / rootkit malware into the system.

In their defence, it is the hardest-to-crack (although it is relatively easy) Windows OS so far, especially 8.1. The way that Microsoft have started to protect the OS, Windows 9 might be even harder to crack.

You are right about that part, Win 8 is certainly difficult to activate and may be it is one of the reason the share of win 8 is down.

Auditor said,
You are right about that part, Win 8 is certainly difficult to activate and may be it is one of the reason the share of win 8 is down.

BS. It's no more difficult to activate than Windows 7 is.

Auditor said,
You are right about that part, Win 8 is certainly difficult to activate and may be it is one of the reason the share of win 8 is down.

bwahahahahaha - yeah, I'm sure that's the reason!

Gertjan Van Damme said,
wait, didn't the chinese government develop their own linux distro for their government pc's?

It went out of business a few months ago. As they found out you can't get any work done on Linux. It's awful.

Too bad the Chinese have no intention of leaving XP. All their sites there use local admin ActiveX for IE 6 since SSL is not supported

sinetheo said,
Too bad the Chinese have no intention of leaving XP. All their sites there use local admin ActiveX for IE 6 since SSL is not supported

Goes to show how much ######## is the Chinese Government decision to ban Windows 8.

nickcruz said,

Goes to show how much ######## is the Chinese Government decision to ban Windows 8.

I think the #### is on president Clinton who banned encryption export forcing admin ActiveX controls for XP and old IE that won't run on any other browser. They can't leave XP as no bank or transaction works

nickcruz said,

Goes to show how much ######## is the Chinese Government decision to ban Windows 8.

Anything newer than XP is banned from connecting to our Networks here in the Air Force. You could spin crazy headlines about "Ministry of Defence bans Windows 8".

sinetheo said,
Nice to see our military secure

Well the Government did just deliver a pyramid of Gold Bricks to Microsoft for 12 months more support.

McKay said,
Anything newer than XP is banned from connecting to our Networks here in the Air Force.

You never know what the NSA and Microsoft have put into later versions of windows, You can bet the Chinese government (and the Air Force) DO know what backdoors and spy tools are built in there tho!

dvb2000 said,

You never know what the NSA and Microsoft have put into later versions of windows, You can bet the Chinese government (and the Air Force) DO know what backdoors and spy tools are built in there tho!

Riiiiight.