Microsoft Cooking Up Windows 8 SKU for China; Watch 'Windows 8 & C++, Windows 8 Deep Dive; Windows Phone & HTML5'

Coming fall, Microsoft will be releasing the upcoming new Windows operating namely Windows 8.Microsoft is reportedly working on various international flavors of the upcoming platform which is optimized for touch-devices, including a special flavor of Windows 8 for China.The "Windows 8 for China" will arrive as a cheaper OS flavor, and won't arrive with too […]

Coming fall, Microsoft will be releasing the upcoming new Windows operating namely Windows 8.

Microsoft is reportedly working on various international flavors of the upcoming platform which is optimized for touch-devices, including a special flavor of Windows 8 for China.

The "Windows 8 for China" will arrive as a cheaper OS flavor, and won't arrive with too many visible changes. It won't pack the Media Center either. This SKU is most probably aimed to ensure that there will be no counterfeit variant the Windows 8 copies, reports WinUnleaked.

Apparently, this Windows 8 SKU won't be installed unless it's accompanied by the Chinese ISO. If installed with the English ISO, a Blue Screen of Death Reading "bad MUI" appears.

Here is the leaked screenshots of the SKU:

Windows 8 SKU for China

In the leaked screenshot you will notice that there are no pre-pinned applications in the taskbar. Additionally, it appears that the LPKSetup will still be present on this SKU, which means that users might be able to install other Language Packs as well.

Update 04/10: Microsoft's cvp, and original equipment manufacturer Steve Guggenheimer has today confirmed in a report that Windows 8 China edition is indeed real.

Guggenheimer who is responsible for OEMs in their production of devices, such as laptops or mobile phones and also manages OEMs with pre-installed Windows operating systems stated,

"I and OEM manufacturers are to talk about the pricing for Windows 8, OEMs appeared very excited, but now is not the time for talking about products and pricing, we are more concerned about the OEM equipment innovative," reports Cnbeta.

Bonus: Watch the following Microsoft Webcasts to learn:

Windows 8 & C++:

Windows 8 deep dive:

Windows Phone & HTML5:

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