Feeds

Microsoft cosies up to China with Win8 weibo support

Sina Weibo users accounted for in People app

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

Hot on the heels of Apple’s China love-in at its Worldwide Developers Conference this week, news has emerged that Microsoft is planning to integrate the country’s hugely popular Sina Weibo micro-blogging platform into Windows 8.

Jeff Kunis, a group program manager on the Windows Live team, revealed the news in a comment at the end of a lengthy blog post (via LiveSide) about the new operating system’s People app.

“As you can see in the screenshots we continue to add partners such as China's Sina Weibo, and we would be happy to see Google provide the equivalent APIs for Google+ like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn do,” he wrote.

The People app is described by Microsoft as an address book for users’ social media contacts. With a subscriber base of well over 300 million, Sina Weibo's user population is well worth including in People, even if it is only available to Chinese language speakers.

Apple made similar efforts to cosy up to Chinese users with several announcements at WWDC this week including Mandarin and Cantonese language support in Siri, and integration with search engine Baidu, Sina Weibo and video sharing sites Tudou and Youku in the forthcoming Mountain Lion OS.

They might have Windows 8 and Mountain Lion integration to look forward to, but Sina’s users are still severely restricted in what they can say on the site.

A comprehensive new Harvard University study found that 13 per cent of all social media posts in China are censored, with the ultimate goal of suppressing “collection action potential”, or protests. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Orange spent weekend spamming customers with TXTs
Zero, not infinity, is the Magic Number customers want
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015
Faster? Not yet. Cheaper? No data
Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup
Just hook us up to more 10Gbps ports, backbone biz yells in tit-for-tat spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.