Windows 10 is slowly working its way to devices in different regions across the globe. In a bid to ensure that the operating system hits the most possible devices in one of the hottest markets in the world, Microsoft has resolved to do the unexpected.
In a bid to ensure that the operating system hits the most possible devices in one of the hottest markets in the world, Microsoft has resolved to do the unexpected.
The Redmond Company has now finalized a customized Windows 10 version that is meant solely for the Chinese government. According to the latest reports, this custom version of the OS comes with much more improved security options as well as reduced number of consumer-based apps and services.
The reports started showing up last week when TechInAsia reported that the company’s head of division in the country confirmed this development via an interview with Caixin, a Chinese magazine. The good side of the customized Windows 10 OS is that it can still be installed with all software compatible with the OS.
Combating Windows software piracy
Microsoft is aware that the PC world is not as powerful as it used to be a decade ago. As a result, the company is looking for ways it can increase the adoption of this Windows 10 OS across the globe. The company announced that it has planned to better the usage of this OS in China, an announcement that saw players such as Chine Electronics Technology Group (CETG) come into play. The CETG is a Chinese agency that aims at deploying the new Windows 10 OS to government-owned companies and agencies.
Other than CETG, the Windows 10 OS maker also went into business partnerships with the likes of 21Vianet and Unisplendour Corporation (UNIS) with respect to hybrid cloud services that target government clients as well as businesses in general.
The move by Microsoft is basically aimed at dealing with the rising piracy of Windows OS in China where many people use bootleg versions of the software. To ensure this sails through, Microsoft has also embarked on a mission to equip the country’s Windows 10 version with lots of apps and services synonymous with China. Microsoft wants to mend the shaky relationship it shares with the Chinese government after previous incidences that have seen state-owned computers banned from using the previous Windows 8.
There is even good news for mobile users thanks to a deal that was agreed between Microsoft and Lenovo with respect to Windows 10-powered phones in the Chinese market.
Surprisingly, it is not just Microsoft having issues with the Chinese government; other major tech companies such as Google and Apple have also had a share of their own issues with China.