This was stated by Ni Guannan, an expert at the Chinese Engineering Academy who heads the team of OS developers. According to him, in one or two years, the national operating system will take on Windows in desk computers, which are being used by the Chinese, and in 3-5 years, it will win the smartphone market.
Expert in information-technology Anton Nosik says these are practical schemes.
“China has long been “licking” the global software market which is estimated at about $120 billion. Meanwhile, China totally imports software. I believe that China will enter the market with well-functioning software because it is capable of producing them. China’s plan to shift to its own OS in the near future is absolutely realistic,” Nosik said.
The new Chinese OS is aimed at eliminating the monopoly of American Microsoft in the Chinese software market. This is not the first such attempt by China to reject the use of Western software. In 2000, China launched Red Flag Linux operating system. Its Finance Ministry partially financed the project. In the same year, all computers in state structures were obliged to replace their Windows OS with the local system. The relevant decree triggered a conflict between the Chinese government and Microsoft. In 2013, China released another OS on the basis of Linux, Kylin. There are several other similar projects, but none of them could compete with the leaders in the world market, Windows and Mac OS.
Nevertheless, the new OS, according to its developers, will help to narrow the technology gap. Besides advanced user interface, it provides an app store similar to Google Play which will be accessible to any OS version.
Editor-in-chief of the Hacker magazine Nikita Kislitsin believes that ending the support for Windows XP and a ban on the use of Windows 8 in China’s state structures have stimulated the development of the Chinese operating system. In fact, the Chinese authorities sharply criticized Microsoft in the spring for ending the release of security update for Windows XP. Lately, relations between the Chinese authorities and the American company have further escalated. China’s anti-monopoly agency officials raided several Microsoft offices and confiscated computers and documents for an investigation which was launched due to complaints about packaging Windows and Office and problems in compatibility.
In view of this, IT experts do not exclude the possibility that Windows XP installed in over 200 million computers in China will be replaced by national OS in the near future.
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