Microsoft Forms China Joint Venture for Windows 10

Redmond has always billed Windows 10 as a global service. Microsoft's flagship software is available in 190 markets around the world -- but it just got a big boost in China through a government alliance.

Although some version of Windows is already running on hundreds of millions of PCs in China, Microsoft is upping the ante by working directly with the government to push Windows 10 upgrades. The joint venture with the Communist nation will license, deploy, manage and optimize Windows 10 for China?EU?s government agencies and some state-owned enterprises. The deal also includes ongoing support and services for those customers.

?EU?The new joint venture which is subject to regulatory approval in China and is provisionally called C&M Information Technologies, will be based in Beijing and will serve government agencies, as well as state-owned enterprises in key infrastructure fields such as energy, telecommunications, and transportation,?EU? said Microsoft spokesperson Yusuf Mehdi in a blog post. ?EU?C&M is being established in partnership with China Electronics Technology Group building on our previously-announced agreement.?EU?

Three Important Points

Microsoft was already working with four companies in China to drive Windows 10 adoption: Tencent, a social networking gaming service; Baidu, an Internet gateway; Qihoo 360, an Internet security company; and PC manufacturer Lenovo. But C&M Technologies opens many new doors at higher levels.

Specifically, Microsoft said the joint venture plays three important roles. First, it becomes an exclusive licensor of a government-approved Windows 10 image for government and state-owned enterprise customers that deal with critical infrastructure. Government-selected antivirus software and other China-specific capabilities are also part of the deal.

Second, the joint venture will provide a slew of services, including product activation, patch management, deployment services and product support. Finally, Microsoft also plans to tap into feedback from Chinese government users so it can improve updates and hinted that custom Windows 10...

Comments are closed.