Baidu, Microsoft working on way to upgrade millions of China’s XP PCs to …

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

In Windows 10 Push, Microsoft Dumps Bing for Baidu in China.

Microsoft announced three new tie-ups in China on the same day that the country’s President Xi Jinping and a delegation visited its campus at Redmond, Washington. The two said they would also “make it easy” for Baidu customers to upgrade to Windows 10 via something known as Windows 10 Express. “Together…we will deliver a custom experience for customers in China, providing local browsing and search experiences,” Microsoft’s Senior Vice President, Yusuf Mehdi, wrote in a blog post. Other companies like Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard have also announced ties with Chinese companies, a market that has been proving complex for U.S. companies because of the strong backing of the government for local players. Microsoft, for example, announced an agreement with its cloud partner in Beijing, 21Vianet, and IT company Unisplendour to provide custom hybrid cloud solutions and services to Chinese customers, particularly state-owned enterprises.

While at the Microsoft campus, the Chinese president met with senior company executives and board members, “watched technology demos and reviewed innovative new devices,” according to a Microsoft review of the meeting. Microsoft also announced that Baidu.com would become the default search and homepage for Chinese users in the Microsoft Edge browser in the Windows 10 operating system. A deal with CETC will also focus on Windows 10 deployment to Specialized Fields in government institutions and critical infrastructure state-owned enterprises.

Microsoft has its own Bing search engine but it likely decided to concede to Baidu with over 600 million active users, in return for Baidu’s new Windows 10 distribution channel to Chinese users, called Baidu “Windows 10 Express.” The Chinese company will also deliver Universal Windows Applications for Search, Video, Cloud and Maps for Windows 10. In other deals, Microsoft announced discussions for cooperation with Xi’xian New Area, a special development zone, on a variety of projects including big data, cloud computing and “smart” urbanization.

China’s Central Government Procurement Center did not specify why it was banning Windows 8, but state news agency Xinhua said the country wanted to avoid losing support for an operating system like it did with Windows XP. Last summer, Chinese officials also showed up unannounced at four Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu—reportedly to investigate antitrust accusations.

Earlier this year, meanwhile, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) denied allegations that authorities hacked into Microsoft’s Outlook email service, calling the assertions “groundless slander.”

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