China Is Releasing A New Homegrown Operating System By October To Take On Microsoft And Others

Reuters today reported that China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on US companies such as Microsoft, Google and Apple. Due to the mutual suspicions between China and the United States over hacking are among the main reasons for this action. Recently, revelations by Edward Snowden revealed that U.S. intelligence planted “backdoor” surveillance tools on U.S.-made hardware. This made China uncomfortable in using US based technology products.

This homegrown OS would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices.

“We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores,” Ni told the trade paper. Some Chinese OS already existed, but there was a large gap between China’s technology and that of developed countries, he added. He said he hoped domestically built software would be able to replace desktop operating systems within one to two years and mobile operating systems within three to five years.

Microsoft offices in China were raided last month by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Later, a Chinese regulator confirmed that they are conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft over its Windows OS. Generally, anti-monopoly investigations are done when some company dominates the market by practicing unethical business practices. Microsoft’s revenue from China is not so significant and they can afford losing the market. But Apple earns billions of dollars from device sales in China, if any ban was announced in the future, it would result in huge financial impact on them.

Source: Reuters

  • ZloiYuri

    Just another circumcised Linux OS?

  • vxting

    The real explanation for the raid is simple: Source code theft and installation of backdoors and surveillance software on Microsoft’s offices.

    • Jeffrey Esposito

      Office is not hardware, and how much US made hardware is there?

    • Patrick Decoster

      Lets hope that no software is being developed at Microsoft China then :/

    • bibleverse1

      No doubt. They rarely create new innovations but are very adept at stealing them.

    • Joe_HTH

      You can be sure that Microsoft is not keeping any source code or highly important software code in their Chinese offices for this reason.

  • Magnus Ohna

    As if anyone would trust a chinese made operating system

    • bibleverse1

      About as much as they trust American or European OSes.

      • TheOne2125

        Ask all the dissidents from China what they would use.

  • nytimes

    China is planning this for long even pre Snowden days. Also China wants to create its own supremacy in IT but this would result in its citizens to disconnect with rest of its world on the length and breadth of technology. So sad when countries don’t want to join common pool of tech people. Let’s wait and see. MS already announced to share the code if countries suspect of backdoor in its Windows OS’s.

    • Joe_HTH

      Microsoft isn’t going to share their code with China.

      • cybersaurusrex

        It’d be dumb. Obviously, the Chinese government is frustrated that it’s difficult to pirate Windows 8… and also more difficult to spy on Americans. I really wish more smartphones were manufactured in the US (or, at least, in countries friendly to the US). Where are the Nokia phones manufactured?

        • TheOne2125

          Some in China a huge chuck in India.

  • salos

    Let´s hope it has a good and easy pronounceable name, not something like chingningzhangpailongkaipingzhouqingtian……….

  • cybersaurusrex

    Microsoft doesn’t earn money from China because they’re crooks–nearly everything is pirated.

  • 1000

    Windows Wista ?

  • Guest

    Can’t wait to see this!

    It’s gonna be the buggiest, least stable, least secure OS the world has ever known.

  • sloppyslim

    please tell me microsoft got a no compete contract before opening their source