Although the company repeated it would not collect personal information with the tools, which would not affect computer use, controversy over the move has escalated.
The headline-hitting incident also triggered online surveys on almost every major portal Web site. The majority of respondents said they were unhappy with the move.
Questionable rights protection' method
Ni Guangnan, a researcher at the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering academic, said, Now people understand why China needs its own software, especially basic programmes. Aren't worse things likely to happen in the future?
National Copyright Administration vice-director Yan Xiaohong told Xinhua on Monday, The administration understands and supports the rights protection moves taken by institutions, including Microsoft. But he pointed out that they should pay attention to the methods. Whether the black-out' method should be adopted is open to question. Measures for safeguarding rights need to be appropriate, we've paid great attention to the black-out' issue, so have many experts, he said.
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