China's new enemy -- Windows 8
05 July 2014
China's powerful state-run television broadcaster criticized Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 8 operating system in a national news show on Wednesday, adding to the software maker's challenges in a traditionally tough market, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In its widely watched noon news broadcast, China Central Television aired a segment that questioned the operating system's security. It quoted people it identified as experts who said that an operating system's maker can obtain user data including phone numbers and bank-account information. "Whoever controls the operating system can control all the data on the computers using it," it said.
It also quoted Chinese experts who argued that Microsoft cooperated with the U.S. government to carry out cyberspying. That has been a sensitive topic in China since the disclosures last year by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about U.S. cyber-monitoring efforts.
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