China Prohibits Its Government From Buying Microsoft Windows 8


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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- China has issued a ban on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, prohibiting it on government computers.

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China has issued a ban on Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 8 operating system on government computers.

A Chinese news agency reported that the ban by the Central Government Procurement Center was put in place to protect security after Microsoft ended support for its Windows XP operating system.  Microsoft recently stopped providing support for the 13-year-old operating system, leaving users who do not upgrade to newer versions vulnerable to viruses and hackers.

The ban comes as Microsoft tries to push adoption of Windows 8 to replace XP. The ban targets new purchases, stipulating that desktop, laptop and tablet computers bought by the government must use a different operating system.

Microsoft said it was surprised by the decision and is working with the Chinese government to ensure its products and services meet all government procurement requirements. 

In New York, I'm Brittany Umar for TheStreet.

-- Written by Brittany Umar in New York.

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