China chal­lenges Mi­crosoft and Google with own OS

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

China is chal­leng­ing Mi­crosoft’s Win­dows and Google’s An­droid, with an op­er­at­ing sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to the state-run Xin­hua news agency.

The desk­top ver­sion, which is ex­pected to be ready by Oc­to­ber, fol­lows con­cerns about U.S. sur­veil­lance and a mo­nop­oly probe of Mi­crosoft.

Ni Guang­nan of the Chi­nese Academy of En­gi­neer­ing told the Peo­ple’s Post and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions News that the OS will be first seen on desk­top de­vices and later ex­panded to smart­phones and other mo­bile de­vices.

Ni heads an OS devel­op­ment al­liance es­tab­lished in March. There are still prob­lems in the pro­gramme, in­clud­ing a lack of re­search funds and too many de­vel­op­ers pulling in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions, the news re­ports said.

“China has more than a dozen mo­bile OS de­vel­op­ers with no in­de­pen­dent in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights be­cause their re­search is based on An­droid,” said Ni, adding future devel­op­ment should be led by the gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Ni said the end of Win­dows XP and the gov­ern­ment ban on the pro­cure­ment of Win­dows 8 have opened the door to do­mes­tic OS de­vel­op­ers.

“Our key to suc­cess lies in an en­vi­ron­ment that can help us com­pete with Google, Ap­ple and Mi­crosoft,” said Ni.

The Ap­ple iOS, An­droid and Win­dows are the ba­sic soft­ware for al­most all PCs and por­ta­ble elec­tron­ics de­vices in the world. The pri­mary ex­cep­tion is open source Linux.

Wall St. com­men­ta­tors said that the irony of the China an­nounce­ment is that the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic has been pi­rat­ing U.S. hard­ware and soft­ware for decades. Iron­i­cally, China now hopes to use what is a le­git­i­mate way to box out other op­er­at­ing sys­tems. It will, how­ever, need to force most of its busi­nesses and cit­i­zens to use the new OS, since it will be in­com­pat­i­ble with tech­nol­ogy used nearly ev­ery­where else in the world.

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