Windows 8 banned among Chinese Government Officials: Report

21 May

The Chinese government will reportedly avoid using Windows 8 computers and mobile devices following Microsoft’s decision to end Windows XP support, according to Xinhuanet, China’s state-owned news website.

The main rationale behind the government’s ban, based on what officials from China’s Central Government Procurement Center are implying, is that switching to a new platform without any form of “guaranteed support” could pose serious security risks for the entire country.

As noted in the official Xinhuanet press release…

“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.”

The article continues by stating that the Chinese government will be looking to promote alternate, “Chinese-designed” platforms, but admits that the adoption progresses for these operating systems have been “disappointing” so far.

Given that the Windows 8 ban applies only to government IT products and not to those marketed towards consumers, it’s worth noting that the adoption of Windows 8 among general users might not be impacted too heavily by the government decision.