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Microsoft faces new difficulties in China over Windows 8

Microsoft faces more trouble with Windows 8 in China, as state-run media said the operating system isn't secure for users.

Published Wed, Jun 4 2014 3:44 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The Chinese government decided to ban Microsoft Windows 8 from government PCs last month, expressing fears of cyberespionage by the U.S. government. As Microsoft tries to build support for its software, the company quickly opened up discussions with the Chinese government - and the headaches still haven't gone away. The state-run China Central Television criticized Microsoft during a noon news broadcast, opening questioning Windows 8 security.

Microsoft faces new difficulties in China over Windows 8 | TweakTown.com

"Whoever controls the operating system can control all the data on the computers using it," the broadcast claimed.

Ironically, Microsoft and security specialists have recommended upgrading to Windows 8 because increased security. This is just another step for the Chinese government to torment the U.S. government - and major tech companies - which have been accused of providing the NSA access to Chinese technologies.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government said it is increasing its cybersecurity defense to prevent outside snooping, as the U.S. government continues to warn of Chinese-based cyberattacks.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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