Windows 8, Now Microsoft Office Banned by China

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    Windows 8, Now Microsoft Office Banned by China


    Posted: 01 Jul 2014
    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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    01 Jul 2014



  1. Posts : 25,847
    Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
       #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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  2. Posts : 5,941
    Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
       #2

    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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  3. Posts : 9,747
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
       #3

    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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  4. Posts : 44
    windows 7 & 8
       #4

    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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  5. Posts : 2,047
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-BIT
       #5

    jimbo45 said:
    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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  6. Posts : 548
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
       #6

    RBS7 said:
    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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  7. Posts : 5,941
    Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
       #7

    King Arthur said:
    RBS7 said:
    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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  8. Posts : 548
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
       #8

    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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  9. Posts : 328
    W7 Pro 64
       #9

    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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