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SJ Mercury/Reuters: China dismisses report of Microsoft Windows ban

Jan 07, 2000, 16:13 (0 Talkback[s])

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"China forcefully denied on Friday it had banned Microsoft's...Windows 2000 operating system from government computers."

"The Ministry of Information Industry said it was making "this special announcement to set the record straight" after an official newspaper said on Wednesday the government had barred Windows 2000 to support the domestic software industry."

"Zhang Qi, the top regulator of the software industry, said in the statement published on the ministry's Web site that her office had never issued a ban...."

"Sun Yufang, an official overseeing the Red Flag software project at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said government offices had expressed strong interest in scrapping Windows, citing concerns Microsoft had the ability to access their computers over the Internet."

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