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.
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.
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.