Being notoriously strict about censorship, China makes it difficult for companies to launch their products there. It’s a major stumbling block for businesses that want to take a stab at the largest market in the world.
The country banned Microsoft’s Windows operating system on government computers in 2014 amid concerns about security and US surveillance.
Often, companies will have to bend to suit the requirements of China’s government. Ralph Haupter, Microsoft’s CEO for the Greater China region has revealed that the company’s made a Chinese government-approved version of Windows 10.
Now, Microsoft has just announced a new version of its Windows 10, which is now ready for Chinese government agencies to use.
Windows 10 Enterprise Edition already provides several security, identity, and manageability features governments and enterprises need, but Windows 10 China Government Edition will let the country use the management feature to monitor and deploy updates as needed, manage telemetry, and use its own encrypted algorithms.
Designed to work with Chinese Encryption Algorithms
Microsoft enables the Chinese government to use its own encrypted algorithms in its Windows 10 China Government Edition in order to secure data that they do not want others to see.
Allows to Remove Unwanted Apps
The Chinese version of Windows 10 does not allow access to features that are not needed by Chinese government employees like Microsoft’s OneDrive service.
Manage Telemetry Data Collection & Updates
The last year’s outcry over Microsoft’s silent slurping of telemetry data from users’ computers might have made the Chinese officials ask for the control over telemetry of its China version of Windows, preventing Microsoft to collect data on its citizen.
So basically, all Windows 10 users around the world do not have any option to turn off telemetry, but the Chinese government could do so.