Does it matter?
Microsoft's announcement is important because it shows that Microsoft is making progress with fighting piracy in China, which has long been a huge weakness for Microsoft in The Middle Kingdom. Software piracy, including Windows and Office, is so rampant that even government agencies and state-owned enterprises in China commonly use unlicensed versions .
By developing a new version catered to the Chinese government's needs, Microsoft can finally start to tap the massive Chinese market in a meaningful way. At the same time, the government agencies and state-owned enterprises are now putting a greater emphasis on security, and they can get better support from Microsoft in this department if they actually pay for the software.
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