Microsoft finalizes its custom version of Windows 10 for China

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Microsoft’s supremo for China has told state-owned China Daily that Redmond’s ready roll out version of Windows 10 with extra security features demanded by China’s government.

“We have already developed the first version of the Windows 10 government secure system. Alain Crozier, CEO of Microsoft Greater China noted that it has been tested by three large enterprise customers. China’s government previously banned Windows 8, citing security concerns, and launched an anti-monopoly probe against Microsoft.

They as well cited claims that there may be hidden back doors in the operating system. The Chinese government has also been concerned over foreign software that could be used by the NSA to spy on activities, and has consistently tried to move away from relying on Microsoft’s Windows software. Back in 2013 it partnered with Ubuntu maker Canonical to create an alternative to Windows, codenamed Kylin. That effort failed, and a new Linux-based operating system dubbed NeoKylin is the latest attempt to create an alternative to Windows in China.

To do business in China, almost a year ago, Microsoft officials said that they were developing a Windows 10 version in partnership with China Electronics Technology Group Corp. (CETC).

The software maker has also tried to fight the large problem of software piracy in China, with activation software designed to prevent Windows from being pirated. Most software pirates have found ways around this activation software, and Windows piracy continues to be an issue in China.

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