The Chinese odyssey coming to an end? For Microsoft and Google both? The country is ready to develop its own homegrown smartphone OS in order to take on Android. Windows 8 installation is already banned on government PCs in China, which is a sure blow to Microsoft. To make matters worse, the company is being...

Not that Redmond plans to, or anything. But hey, a warning is a warning. The Chinese government has finally provided some official details about the raid on Microsoft offices across the country. Authorities raided four Microsoft offices last week, and it soon emerged that the government had placed the company...

An unexpected visit, a much unexpected visit. There is little trouble in big China, as the dispute between Microsoft and Chinese authorities took another turn. For the worse, obviously. The company has confirmed that government officials made a sudden visit to their local offices, and although Redmond has not...

It had to eventually happen. When you block one thing, nothing stops a cycle from starting. But then again, it really is the easy way out, no wonder so many countries do one type of blocking or other. China is giving quite a few problems to Microsoft, starting with the government ban on Windows 8, followed up by...

First it was Windows 8, and now it is Redmond’s biggest breadwinner. China has now banned the use of Office, in what is clearly a move to distance the country from Microsoft software. The news that the Chinese government had banned Windows 8 from government PCs shocked the world earlier this year, and now the...

Little trouble in big China? Microsoft and China have had a troubled relationship these past few months, and both entities are at odds over the Windows operating system. Things escalated quickly in recent weeks when the use of Windows 8 was banned on government computers in the country, and the newest assaults...

The Chinese odyssey with Microsoft’s newest operating system continues. And how! It emerged earlier today that the government recommend authorities in the Jiangsu province to cancel orders for computers running Windows 8. And soon after that a local IT expert warned that Windows 8 is a risk to national security,...

Spy games. It had to come down to this, one way or another. Once again politics reared its head in the world of computing technology, but this is a fact that should not surprise anybody in this day and age. Windows 8 remains a forbidden product on government PCs in China. And while Microsoft is said to be working...

As the saying goes, if you are about to do a cloudy deal, better do it swiftly. China recently took everyone by surprise when it was announced that installation of Windows 8 was to be banned on government PCs. Controversy or not, the official government stance here is that this move is because of an energy saving...

As open as we all would like technology to be the ground realities usually are different. Several products and services have had to live through bans and limitations from governments around the world. The latest addition in this woeful list could be Skype. Mobile phone users in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may be...