The Chinese government recently has banned their employees from using the Windows 8. With the complex relationship that Microsoft has with China this comes as no surprise. China claims though that the ban of the Microsoft Windows 8 in their official offices is a part of their energy saving-campaign. No further light was shared other than that about the campaign their having.
It was reported as well by Xinhua, Chinese local news agency that the ban of the Operating System was also due to national cyber security concerns as the support of the country’s most popular platform, the Windows XP has been stopped by Microsoft. The same source also referred to Windows 8 as “expensive and will increase the government procurement costs”. Some other sources claim that the Chinese authorities are in talks with Microsoft to rectify the security concerns. A Microsoft spokesperson indicated that the discussion with the Chinese government was never related to Windows 8 in response to the issue.
It is speculated that the Chinese government is working on it’s own open source operating system to be less dependent on Western softwares which they view as a “monopoly”. It was noted as well that the ban was done after the U.S. prosecutes what they call a “state sponsored hackers” after U.S. Steel, Alcoa, Westinghouse, SolarWorld and several U.S. based firm are infiltrated.