In a major blow to a company struggling to sell in the country, Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system has been banned for us on government devices.
The ban was put in place to “ensure computer security” in the country after Microsoft ended support for the Windows XP operating system, which was the OS of choice in the country.
“We were surprised to learn about the reference to Windows 8 in this notice,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Center and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement requirements.”
The Chinese government has yet to elaborate on just how the ban will ensure security. Windows XP makes up 44% of all desktops in China according to StatCounter.
Microsoft ended support of Windows XP in April, 13 years after the operating system’s initial release in 2001. The dropping of support has left users vulnerable to viruses and hacking.