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China used Edward Snowden's data to compromise western security

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March 22, 2017

Microsoft's senior vice president of sales for China has told the state-owned China Daily that the company is ready to roll out versions of Windows 10 with extra security features demanded by China's government.

"We have already developed the first version of the Windows 10 government secure system. It has been tested by three large enterprise customers," asserted Alain Crozier.

China used Edward Snowden's revelations to question whether western technology products could compromise its security.

Policy responses included source code reviews for foreign vendors and requiring Chinese buyers to shop from an approved list of products.

Microsoft, IBM and Intel all refused to submit source code for inspection, but the software behemoth and Big Blue have found other ways to get their code into China.

IBM's plan is a partnership with Dalian Wanda to bring its cloud in China. For its part, Microsoft last year revealed its intention to build a version of Windows 10 for Chinese government users in partnership with state-owned company China Electronics Technology Group.

There's simply no reason to believe Crozier's remarks are incorrect, because Microsoft has a massive incentive to deliver a version of Windows 10 that China's government will accept.

To understand why, consider that China's military has over two million active service personnel, the nation's railways employ similar numbers and Microsoft’s partner China Electronics Technology Group has more than 140,000 people on its books. So this is huge.

Not all of those are going to need Windows Red, but a lot will, nevertheless. That China has gently backed its own cut of Ubuntu, dubbed Kylin, also makes it plain that Microsoft could face some competition in the country.

We asked Microsoft to explain the security features of Windows Red, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Source: Microsoft.

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