Following news that the Chinese government has banned Windows 8 from government PCs, Microsoft is working with Chinese officials to evaluate the OS. The company was reportedly "surprised" to hear about the ban, receiving a memo released by the China Central Government Procurement Central.
Although no official reasoning was offered by the government, Chinese news agency Xinhua said it was related to PC security. Most government PCs are currently running Windows XP, the aging Microsoft OS that reached end of support in early April - though there are growing political tensions related to organized cyberspying between both the United States and China.
"Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Center and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement requirements," said Joanna Li, a Microsoft spokesperson located in Beijing. "At the same time we are working on the Windows 8 evaluation with relevant government agencies."