China has banned the use of Windows 8 on government computers [Google Translate] and re/code: China Bans Use of Microsoft’s Windows 8 on Government Computers.
“China’s decision to ban Windows 8 from public procurement hampers Microsoft’s push of the OS to replace XP, which makes up 50 percent of China’s desktop market,” said data firm Canalys.
China just drone-striked Microsoft.
This news broke today, which is the day Microsoft plans to announce its new Surface tablets.
It makes me wonder what tablets Chinese government employees will use: Android? iPad?
As 1Pad points out, China’s efforts to develop its own OS haven’t been going very well:
However, the current development of China-made operating system is not optimistic, had high hopes for Red Flag has declared bankruptcy, and the development of Linux-based operating system Kirin also not satisfactory. Even now rely on policies to promote I am afraid it is difficult to achieve particularly good results.
I haven’t said it before but I’ll say it now: I think Xiaomi’s MIUI is a first step towards developing their own OS. I think MIOS is in the future — and this gives Xiaomi an opportunity to capture the entire Chinese market, starting with the Chinese government.