Microsoft has developed a new version of Windows 10 for the Chinese government. The OS comes with additional security and management control systems while eliminating several consumer apps and services to ensure that it runs effectively, securely and is convenient to use.
Microsoft China CEO Ralph Haupter confirmed the tech giant collaborated with China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) to develop the government-approved Windows 10 version called the "Windows 10 Specially-provided Edition". The joint venture with the Chinese tech firm was announced in December 2015.
Haupter told Chinese magazine Caixin: "Our first priority is to ensure that we provide out products with the Chinese government through the depth of cooperation developed out together. This product will be able to use existing applications and develop new applications in the future."
The joint venture between Microsoft and CETC is based out of Beijing and is called C&M Technologies. The primary purpose of this joint venture will be to provide China's state-owned enterprises as well as government agencies with secure operating systems. China currently runs a Linux based, self-controlled and funded OS called NeoKylin, which the country has been using since it was created in 2010, Digital Trends reported. The Chinese government's intent to customise the Windows OS indicates its intentions of remaining independent of foreign technology suppliers.
China is known to be notoriously difficult in allowing foreign technology companies to launch products within the company and Microsoft's latest customised Windows 10 version seems to be the latest in a line of technology firms bending to the will and requirements of the Chinese government.