Microsoft partners with Chinese state-owned defense conglomerate to promote …

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Windows 10 tuned for Chinese government.

Microsoft Corp is forming a joint venture in China to tailor a version of its new Windows 10 computer operating system for use by the Chinese government. “We’re announcing a new joint venture that will license, deploy, manage and optimize Windows 10 for China’s government agencies and certain state owned enterprises and provide ongoing support and services for these customers,” Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi said late on Wednesday in an online post. If the joint-venture succeeds, state-owned enterprises cleared to buy Windows 10 would include key infrastructure fields such as energy, telecommunications and transportation, Mehdi said.

The joint venture, tentatively called C&M Information Technologies (中國微軟信息科技), is being created in a partnership with state-owned China Electronics Technology Group (中國電子科技集團) and is to be based in Beijing, Microsoft said. The venture is significant for Microsoft, which is keen to grow in the Chinese market, but has been vexed by software piracy, as well as a ban last year on the use of Windows 8 on government computers. Microsoft boasted that hundreds of millions of computers in China are powered by Windows software and that it has been encouraging upgrades to the latest version through partnerships with local technology titans Baidu Inc (百度), Tencent Holdings Ltd (騰訊), Qihoo 360 Technology Co (奇虎360) and Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想). Another shows the technology’s potential in presentations and sales, using a luxury watch as an example of how holograms can give potential customers more insights into features.

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