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China Bans Windows 8 on Government PCs

Microsoft is facing another hurdle in its bid to encourage adoption of Windows 8: China has reportedly banned Redmond’s latest OS on government computers.

As reported by the official Xinhua news agency, all desktops, laptops, and tablets used by central state agencies must run on an OS other than Windows 8, according to China’s Central Government Procurement Center.

“All computer products are not allowed to install [the] Windows 8 operating system,” says a translated post on the center’s website.

The center did not specify why it was banning Windows 8, but Xinhua said the country wants to avoid losing support for an operating system like it did recently with Windows XP. Last month, Redmond stopped providing support for the aging operating system, despite the fact that many public and private users were still using it.

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