China has always been a problem for Microsoft. With much higher software piracy rates and a less mature enterprise sector than other major international markets, Microsoft has had a hard time reaching its potential in China. However, Microsoft has made a series of announcements in the past three months that will finally give China a place among the company’s top international markets:
Making China one of the first countries where Windows 8 and the Surface tablet were commercially available (late October).
Officially launching Office 365 and Windows Azure cloud services in China through partnership with 21ViaNet, an Internet data center player in China.
Forming a partnership with HTC, Nokia, and all three Chinese mobile operators to make the Windows Phone 8 available (December).