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China to develop OS to rival Microsoft

China Standard Software, National University of Defence Technology to build NeoKylin OS.

China to develop OS to rival Microsoft
China Standard Software and the National University of Defence Technology in China are joining together to create an operating system to rival Microsoft.

The developers of two Chinese operating systems are joining hands to build a local OS brand that is designed to rival Microsoft Windows, according to PC World.

The two recently signed a partnership deal to launch NeoKylin, an operating system which will be used for national defence and for the country's entire economy.

No timetable for the launch of the brand has yet been released, but China Standard has announced that the agreement with the National University of Defence Technology is designed to create a stronger domestic operating system environment for China.

Microsoft Windows is still the dominant operating system in the country, but domestic systems are seeing an increase in use.

The National University of Defense Technology originally developed the KylinOS as a secure alternative to foreign software such as the Windows operating system, while China Standard makes the NeoShine Linux desktop series, which includes operating systems built to run on government, business and personal computers.

The Chinese operating system market has been plagued with piracy. Gartner's Matthew Cheung, an analyst, has said that approximately half of all Microsoft Windows operating system users in the region are using pirated software.

According to Cheung, many other operating systems in the region have suffered the same fate and some have resorted to giving out their software for free.

The Gartner analyst said that although the Chinese government favours buying domestic operating systems out of security concerns and to aid the local economy, the Chinese operating systems "want to target the government or financial sectors. But actually they have already been targeting these segments for a long time. So we see no new value proposition," he added.

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