I guess all the roads these past few months lead to this one reality. The Chinese government has outlined plans to remove Windows from all government computers.
Instead, the country wants to focus on a locally developed operating system — development on this Linux based variant is already underway.
All this is not new, of course. We’ve been hearing all sorts of reports on this since the start of this year.
Long story short, Microsoft’s trouble in China has taken another turn for the worse, as a local IT expert that has strong ties with the government is asking local authorities to remove all traces of Windows from their PCs urgently.
A state controlled newspaper is quoting Ni Guangnan, of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, as saying that the Chinese government has put in motion plans to step away from Microsoft software due to security and privacy concerns.
And not just Microsoft software, but all Microsoft products including hardware devices.
Worse yet, the Chinese government is forcing all state owned organizations to move away from Microsoft software at once, and plan their strategy of deploying the custom new operating system once it is ready for release.
Redmond has, up until now, expressed surprise at the Chinese government’s decision and privacy concerns, and the company is working with the local authorities to address these claims.
Obviously, recent incidents like the raiding of Microsoft offices in the country did nothing to help ease the concerns, and the software titan is currently undergoing an antitrust investigation, after a number of documents were confiscated for use in the probe.