China Cracks Down On Microsoft: Bans Microsoft Office In Government Institutions

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Reports coming out of China suggest that Chinese central government has issued a ban on Microsoft’s Office software in parts of the Central government and its subordinate departments. The move follows on from the Windows 8 ban on central government systems in May earlier this year. China has reportedly made the moves in order to enhance national security, they likely fear for the integrity and security of the software after all the NSA revelations of the past few years. Instead of using Microsoft Office the Chinese government will reportedly use domestic equivalents such as the Kingsoft Office package. Microsoft had recently been hoping that the Chinese government would migrate their systems from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.X but this looks increasingly unlikely as relations between Microsoft and China deteriorate.

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Source: CRI, Via: Softpedia

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