Microsoft has obliged the Chinese government by completing work on a special edition of Windows 10 that contains features added, and taken out, at the request of the country's government.
The new edition is based on Windows 10 Enterprise, and has been modified to remove elements of the operating system that the Chinese government doesn't like, such as services blocked by its national firewall, and used different encryption algorithms approved by China's government.
"The China Government Edition will use these manageability features to remove features that are not needed by Chinese government employees like OneDrive, to manage telemetry and updates, and to enable the government to use its own encryption algorithms within its computer systems," claimed Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group.
Myerson continued: "It is an honour and privilege today to be in China—the centre of some of the world's most life-changing inventions like paper, the abacus, and the world's first movable type printing press. These inventions have empowered each of us to be more creative and productive."
It's a change from a few years ago when we saw China begin a process of 'Dewindowing' its government IT by developing a custom version of Linux. It's not clear what will become of that project, known as ‘NeoKylin' now that Microsoft has bent over backwards to meet the Chinese government's requests.
Indeed, state media even went so far as to denounce Windows 8 in the main lunchtime news, claiming it that it was a data mining tool and that "Whoever controls the operating system can control all the data on the computers using it."
The announcement of the Government Edition came alongside the new Surface Pro, which will be the first product to roll out locally with the new preborked system.
Initial customers will be the Shanghai City customs department and state-owned Westone Information Technology.
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