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Chinese Users Criticize Microsoft on Compulsory Windows Update

Chinese Users Criticize Microsoft on Compulsory Windows Update

Chinese users of Microsoft products are criticizing the software company’s push to get them to mandatorily upgrade their Windows OS.

Chinese users of Microsoft products are criticizing the software company’s push to get them to mandatorily upgrade their Windows operating systems, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Posts critical of Microsoft on micro blog site Weibo relating to the Windows 10 upgrade, which Microsoft users must switch to, have grown to over 1.2 million in number, it said.

“The company has abused its dominant market position and broken the market order for fair play,” Xinhua quoted Zhao Zhanling, a legal adviser with the Internet Society of China, as saying.

He said users or customer protection organizations had the right to file lawsuits against the business as Microsoft had not respected users’ right to know and choose, and may finally profit from the unwanted upgrades.

Microsoft said in an emailed statement it was helping customers plan the software update, formerly labeled “optional” and now “recommended”, and users had the option to cancel or reschedule.

Last year, Microsoft said it would offer free upgrades of Windows 10 to all Windows users, regardless of whether they are running authentic copies or not.

The move was seen at the time as an aggressive policy by Microsoft to tackle extensive piracy in the Chinese computing market. Microsoft has been attempting to increase its business in China, where an anti-trust investigation into the company over its Windows operating system was launched in 2014.

Xinhua said Windows’ pop-up upgrade window does not offer a “decline” option, only an option to upgrade later, while computers with older versions of Windows would automatically start the update at a recommended time if users ignored the pop-up.

Yang Shuo, a worker at a Beijing-based public relations company, told Xinhua that the sudden update interrupted his drafting of a business plan and led to a meeting annulment for a deal worth 3 million yuan ($457,735).

“Just because I didn’t see the pop-up reminder does not mean I agreed,” he said.

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