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Windows 7: Windows 8, Now Microsoft Office Banned by China

01 Jul 2014   #1
A Guy

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Windows 8, Now Microsoft Office Banned by China

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Today, CRI is reporting that part of the Chinese central government and subordinate departments are banning Microsoft Office. The report has yet to be corroborated, but it's not surprising, considering China, famous for knockoffs, reproductions, and software pirating, has been seeking to use its own, in-country developed software for some time. The primary reason is that China believes American-made software potentially contains spyware and due to the NSA bungling, is not secure enough to protect the country's information.
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02 Jul 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Seems simple to me. The Chinese government don't want Cloud based programs. They are to difficult or impossible to counterfeit.
Microsoft just doesn't want into the Chinese market they want into the paying Chinese market. Like a nice mamason once told me; no money no honey.
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02 Jul 2014   #3
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

Since probably 90% or more of pirated copies of Office come from China anyway I'm sure Ms will actually be a WINNER on this

The Chinese have already cloned Ms office in any case -- used to be called Kingsoft Office

Free Office 2013 Download, Free Office Software - Kingsoft Office

seems to be as near identical with Ms office as is probably legal.

It's been released for Linux as well as android and is IMO much better than Libre Office.

You might find it under the name WPS Office now as well.

Cheers
jimbo
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02 Jul 2014   #4
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

It does seem to me that this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. China accusing MS of having software containing spy ware is extraordinary when China has a name for exactly that & has been accused of all sorts of hacking from a number of countries.
I would be very wary of using software originating from China.
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02 Jul 2014   #5
RBS7

windows 7 & 8
 
 

I think Microsoft is in for a world of hurt.

Declining phone sales, failure of Windows 8, a dismal App store, Office Tool knock-offs, high priced Surface tablets, and X-Box being out paced, not to mention an extremely upset consumer base. Virtually, in every market they are not tallying well. Government's switching to Linux for their server needs.

They can take a hit in a couple of markets, but not all of them. Some can be optimistic, but I wonder if we are witnessing the decline of a Roman Empire.
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03 Jul 2014   #6
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there

Since probably 90% or more of pirated copies of Office come from China anyway I'm sure Ms will actually be a WINNER on this

The Chinese have already cloned Ms office in any case -- used to be called Kingsoft Office

Free Office 2013 Download, Free Office Software - Kingsoft Office

seems to be as near identical with Ms office as is probably legal.

It's been released for Linux as well as android and is IMO much better than Libre Office.

You might find it under the name WPS Office now as well.

Cheers
jimbo
I heard it became a main program in Android 4.0 and above
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03 Jul 2014   #7
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RBS7 View Post
Some can be optimistic, but I wonder if we are witnessing the decline of a Roman Empire.
If we are, Microsoft certainly isn't doing a great job with the bread and circuses they are giving us.
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03 Jul 2014   #8
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RBS7 View Post
Some can be optimistic, but I wonder if we are witnessing the decline of a Roman Empire.
If we are, Microsoft certainly isn't doing a great job with the bread and circuses they are giving us.

Be careful for what you wish for -- at the end of the Roman Empire were several centuries of Nasty Viscious relative anarchy( "The Middle Ages"), no disease control whatsoever (The Black Death), almost no progress in any Human endeavour, total starvation etc etc. It took a long while until around 1500 for Europe to start progressing again and even then a lot of the time was spent on various nasty religious wars - the Inquisition, Protestants vs Catholics etc etc etc.

It amazes me how people are so eager to snipe at successful companies --perhaps that's why the general level of population is sliding backwards into rather mindless mediocrity and we aren't progressing forwards as a species in the way we should be doing.

Linux - while great for servers (and here only TWO companies really make up the bulk -- SUSE/NOVELL and RED HAT) isn't appropriate for corpoerate desktop users - simply due to the almost infinite numbers of different distros around -- imagine maintaining that lot !!!

Destructive criticism is easy -- but Constructive criticism is much harder -- all those ms haters please suggest VIABLE alternatives that will work in large offices / corporate enterprises. As a Home user nobody cares - you are free to use whatever you want -- even if you feel so inclined just enter your commands in Machine code -- but that's no good for running any sort of business.

I think most people given the choice of the relative stability and prosperity of the Roman Empire in its heyday would rather have lived then than during most of the so called Middle ages (from about 800 - 1400).

Cheers
jimbo
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03 Jul 2014   #9
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I was just taking a jab at the history reference that was made, personally I am of the "if it's falling, let it fall" camp. As much as I love Windows (7 and prior), MS is a for-profit commercial company and if it doesn't produce merchandise that people feel like buying they will and should go under.

Time will tell whether MS can successfully crawl back out of the hole it has dug for itself.
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03 Jul 2014   #10
HerrKaLeun

W7 Pro 64
 
 

So a dictatorship that censors the internet and other media, Monitors its own people with spies and technology, imprisons and kills people for speaking their mind now has the right to complain about possible security holes in Office?

How many legit copies of Windows and Office were actually sold in China over the last 10 years, maybe three?
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