A lab to study the Microsoft Windows operating system source code was set up last week in Beijing, China.

Called the Source Code Browsing Lab, it is part of the existing government-run software site, the China Testing and Certification Centre for Information Security Products, according a report in the People's Daily.

Microsoft is the first commercial software company that has signed an operating system source code browsing agreement with the Chinese government, said the report, hinting that the lab is also open to other commercial software companies who wish to have their products certified for security.