Microsoft Creates Joint Venture To Release Special Edition Windows 10 for China
Microsoft has finished up a special edition Windows 10 for China that is going to be used by the Chinese government.
The report originates from Chinese magazine Caixin, which states that this special edition Windows 10 will feature additional management and security controls.
Called Windows 10 Zhuangongban, the special edition is a result of Microsoft striking a deal in December to create a joint venture with China Electronics Group Corporation (CETC) to sell the product in the country.
The reason for creating a special edition Windows 10 is because China wishes for American companies to create joint ventures with local companies. This gives local companies more control over American products.
This is not the first time Microsoft has been involved in a joint venture with a Chinese company. Several years ago, the older Skype sub-company agreed to create a joint venture with local organization. The resulting joint venture was called TOM-Skype, and was at a time when Skype was using the peer-to-peer version of the application.
At the moment, it is unclear what the exact usage of the special edition Windows 10 for China will be. Microsoft hasn’t released too many details about the partnership, but it could indicate the extensive application of surveillance and censorship by the Chinese government firms.