China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8, Surprising Microsoft

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China is banning Windows 8 devices from at least some government IT purchases, in a mysterious move that took Microsoft off guard.

The ban came from China’s Central Government Procurement Center, which posted a brief notice last Friday on new requirements for government tenders. Among the demands is that Windows 8 be excluded from the bidding process on computer purchases.

Microsoft said Tuesday that it was surprised to see Windows 8 referenced in the Chinese government notice. But the company added that it was working to ensure all its software meets government procurement requirements.

“We have been and will continue to provide Windows 7 to government customers,” the company said in an email. “At the same time we are working on the Window 8 evaluation with relevant government agencies.”

Windows 8 usage is still low in China, with less than 2 percent market share, according to Internet analytics site CNZZ.com. The OS was built for touchscreens, but some have complained that Windows 8 offers a convoluted interface that mashes together tablet and PC uses.

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China Lures More Investment

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China’s economic growth may be slowing, but for global auto makers, the Middle Kingdom is still the land of opportunity.

Top executives of the world’s largest auto makers spent Easter weekend at Beijing’s big auto show pledging allegiance to the world’s largest car market, outlining billions in new investments for factories and technical centers, and hawking new models tailored for the country’s affluent young.

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Xiaomi Finding Its Groove in China Smartphone Market

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With interesting designs, superior pricing and an innovative marketing strategy, China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi was able to become the top local brand in China in the first quarter of 2014, according to the recently published Digitimes Research China Smartphone Market and Industry Tracker report.

 

US Justice Department Charges Chinese with Hacking

US charges Chinese with espionage The United States charged five Chinese army officers with hacking into private-sector American companies.

This is the first cyber-espionage case of its kind. US prosecutors say the officers stole trade secrets and internal documents from five companies and a labor union.

Those companies were Westinghouse Electric, US Steel, Alcoa Inc, Allegheny Technologies, SolarWorld, and the US Steelworkers Union. ttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27475324