Win 95 banned in India due to timezone map
monty at roscom.COM
Wed Aug 30 01:34:38 UTC 1995
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Date: Tue, 29 Aug 1995 12:35:00 -0400
From: Rod.Holland at East.Sun.COM (Rod Holland - Sun BOS Software)
> Subject: Really interesting Win 95 banned in India
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> Wanted to update you guys on this. Kind of hard to
> believe, but this is a real issue.
> The timezone map doesn't display the correct borders for
> north region of Kashmir according to the Indian
> This is an area they are at war with Pakistan over. The
> map in Win95 is the map used by the UN, so we thought it
> correct. The Indian Goverment has banned all sales of
> Windows 95 in India and have also threatened to ban all
> sales of all MS products in India. (Note that the
> difference were talking about is a dozen pixels on the
> map.) I've heard this is front page news there too.
> Looks like the solution of disabling the map is ok for
> them, so that's what we'll do and re-release a special
> English version for India. We'd change the bitmap to
> please India, but who knows how long it'd stay correct. In
> the future, we'll have a more politically correct timezone
> picker that avoids this sort of thing so we don't have to
> ship a special Indian version.
> If you have any special advise on how else we might deal
> with this, please let me know.I don't have a schedule yet
> on when we'll be able to re-release disks and CDs for
> ---End of forwarded mail from Eric Johnson DAD ProjDev, Microsoft.
> Hi Stan,
> Apparently the Microsoft story is true ...
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> Unbelievable, but true.
> Looks like the rectification is in the works already(according to the
> Economic Times of India)
> Microsoft removes software feature with wrong Indian map (Eco. Times)
> Microsoft will omit the time zone feature in its Windows 95 software
> package for the Indian market. This follows the Indian Customs
> department's decision not to allow the import of software that has
> maps showing Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan and China. Microsoft has
> also decided to rectify erroneous maps of India in several of its
> other products.
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