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

“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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