Microsoft has joined forces with a handful of local partners in an attempt to hang onto its market share in an increasingly protectionist Chinese tech economy. The partnerships feature several politically connected companies, as well as a state owned Chinese military technology consortium.

Microsoft’s partnership with state-backed China Electronics Technology Group Corp. could lead to the deployment of a ‘localized’ version of Windows 10, which is their primary project together.

China’s government has invested heavily in several homegrown operating systems in an attempt to remove foreign technology from banks and government institutions. They have worked on at least four different China-optimised, Linux-based operating systems, including Ubuntu Kylin, which is reportedly used on 40 percent of Dell computers in China.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com