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Microsoft forces China to ban Naked PCs

Microsoft recently expressed concern that users buy Naked PCs (computers sold without an OS) to install pirated Microsoft Windows later. Microsoft also requested it's partner OEM vendors to ship PCs with Windows OS factory-installed.

China, already under pressure from US for intellectual property right violations, have liked the Microsoft idea to prevent software piracy. Therefore, China has immediately issued an ordinance requiring PC vendors to ship new computers pre-loaded with a legal OS license.

According to China's National Copyright Administration, though the regulation does not specify which operating system is to be used, Microsoft have issued a Thank-You statement. It is China's second biggest move against piracy ahead of Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi visit to US.


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Source: Xinhua | Seattle Times