Microsoft has stopped the Windows XP operating system supports in Apr 2014. Microsoft wants customers to switch to Windows 8 after support for its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system ended in April. Some customers have avoided that, citing expense and inconvenience.
Chnia Government bans Microsoft Windows 8 Computers in official usage. China’s government says “it will avoid buying computer equipment that runs on Windows 8 in a setback for Microsoft’s efforts to promote the operating system”.
All desktops, laptops and tablet PCs to be purchased by state organs must be installed with operating systems other than Windows 8, according to an online statement by the Central Government Procurement Center. However, there is no explanation about this “Why Windows 8 should not be used for official works?”.
The official Xinhua news agency said the ban was to ensure computer security after Microsoft ended support for its Windows XP operating system, which was widely used in China.
China always trouble the market for Microsoft. Former CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly told employees in 2011 that, because of piracy, Microsoft earned less revenue in China than in the Netherlands even though computer sales matched those of the U.S.
The China government is the biggest buyer of computer software in China, so its purchasing decisions can have a significant impact on Microsoft Windows 8 sales.