Microsoft has responded to the claims made by the German Federal Office of Information (BSI) that Windows 8 was not fit for government an critical infrastructure area use. They rebutted that accusations levied against Windows 8 are misguided and ill-advised.
A statement from a Microsoft spokesperson stated that the claims made by the BSI, that there could be a loss of control of a Windows 8 system that contains a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip, are misguided.
"Windows has made a fundamental bet on trustworthy hardware and TPM 2.0 is a key component. Based in no small part on lessons learned in the TPM 1.2 timeframe, TPM 2.0 is designed to be on by default with no user interaction required Since most users accept defaults, requiring the user to enable the TPM will lead to IT users being less secure by default and increase the risk that their privacy will be violated. We believe that government policies promoting this result are ill-advised," read the statement."
"It is also important to note that any user concerns about TPM 2.0 are addressable. The first concern, generally expressed as 'lack of user control,' is not correct as OEMs have the ability to turn off the TPM in x86machines; thus, purchasers can purchase machines with TPMs disabled (of course, they will also be unable to utilize the security features enabled by the technology)."
The issue first began when news broke that a BSI document that had been leaked proved that Microsoft had programmed in a back-door into the operating system that would it, or government agencies to take control of the machine.