Microsoft's dropped XP support gives homegrown operating systems a chance to "rise to the challenge" of vying with foreign-designed peers, Xinhua says.
The tie-up with Lenovo and Tencent already lifts two local tech industry stars, answering calls from the government to business circles for less reliance on foreign providers.
Microsoft may already know what's expected. Last year it partnered with Chinese cloud enabler 21Vianet (VNET) to introduce Azure and, by announcing the Hainan investment, tickled the government's ambition to develop remote areas of the country.
In handling the XP backlash, Natkin says, "What they have done is reasonable," Natkin saysAt the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned. Follow @laowiseass This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.