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In China, Windows 8 is banned for use in government institutions
China on Tuesday announced a ban on the use of the operating system Windows 8 on all computers used by public institutions or purchased by them. At the same time, the authorities do not name the reason for such a decision, MarketWatch.
The ban coincided with a statement by the leadership of China, condemning the accusations of Chinese military espionage by the United States, the newspaper notes. It is also possible that Beijing’s decision is a reaction to the cessation of support for Windows XP from 1 in April, installed on about half of computers in China.
A source in the South China Morning Post newspaper argues that the main factor was the price: Windows 8 turned out to be too expensive to be installed in Chinese government agencies.Representative of Microsoft's Microsoft subsidiary, Windows OS developer, expressed extreme surprise and bewilderment at the statement of the Chinese authorities. The company will continue to ship Windows 7 and support government customers in China, he added.