Domestic software developers set to benefit from localization plans
Homegrown operating systems face a bumpy road to replace their overseas counterparts. But for Chinese OS developers, it is a matter of now or never, industry insiders said.
They said they believe the recent procurement ban on
Windows will be replaced by Chinese operating systems two years from now, industry newspaper the
The project is led by an OS development alliance established months ago.
The Windows systems dominate the Chinese OS market.
In July, more than 86 percent of devices - including personal computers and smartphones - that connected to the Internet that month used Windows, according to data collector cnzz.com. Over half of the computers in the country are running Windows XP, a decade-old system that
"Replacing an OS is a highly complicated project because of the compatibility challenges, security worries and cost issues," according to Dai.
"Windows has been used for years in various industries, which will make the shift more delicate. The customers have to consider the potential cost of the OS change although
Chinese antitrust inspectors are probing the Windows series for signs of a monopoly.
Analysts said Chinese OS developers will likely get more business than ever because of the incidents. However, the shoes of overseas companies will be hard to fill.
Local providers have to compete with multinationals such as
Ni, a longtime supporter of software localization, said the real shot for Chinese firms lies in enterprise-use and government procurement sectors.
Revenue in the software sector exceeded
Small Chinese vendors may get enough orders from government-related projects to survive if they can partner with stronger ones such as
"I don't think the market is big enough for every local OS maker to flourish," he added.
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