Microsoft is offering a special version of Windows 10 Operating System to Chinese Government agencies, according to a report from the People’s Republic China last week. In an interview with the China based publication Caixin, the head of Microsoft’s efforts in the PRC said that the initial version of the special edition had been finished.
Although, the changes made to OS version meant for Chinese Government were not disclosed by Microsoft, it is being rumored by some tech websites that the spying feature of the OS has been scrapped permanently for the new Win 10 OS.
In December, Microsoft announced that it would partner with China Electronics Technology Group (CETC) to create C&M Information Technologies to license Windows 10 to government agencies and some state-owned corporations, including those that control energy, telecommunications and transportation.
China disclosed that the new version of Windows 10 will be used by the government organizations working for its defense, control energy, telecommunications and transportation.
Windows 10 maintains a tenuous beachhead in the PRC. According to Baidu, China’s largest search provider, Windows 10 powered just 4.5% of the PCs that reached 150,000 websites in the country last month.
Meanwhile, Windows 7 accounted for 51% of the usage share measured by Baidu, while Windows XP, the OS Microsoft retired nearly two years ago, ran 32.9%, or nearly a third, of all personal computers.
Altogether, Microsoft’s various versions powered almost 94% of all PCs in the PRC during February, a slightly higher percentage than worldwide, according to U.S.-based analytics firm Net Applications.