|By Linux News Desk||
|November 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST||
It isn't often that LinuxWorld has the chance to bring you a verbatim report from the China People's Daily, but it's the exception that proves the rule. So here, with out compliments, is a story from this week's English-language edition of the only daily newspaper in the world whose Web site has permanent links to the Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping.
The story, from November 26, 2003, reads as follows:
Microsoft moves to improve image in China
Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of the US software giant Microsoft, has started a new campaign to strengthen partnership with governments and businesses on the mainland in the face of increasing challenges from the industry.
China's Ministry of Education (MOE) and Microsoft signed a co-operative framework on Thursday under which the US business will contribute US$10 million in five years through investment, donation and other forms to promote the adoption of information technology by students from kindergartens to junior high schools.
"Over a year ago, I visited China, one of many many visits that I paid. As I said at that time, Microsoft is totally committed to supporting China, and supporting the development of its software economy, and also continuing the advancement of partners, particularly in the area of education," he said.
Ballmer also previewed Microsoft Windows XP Media Centre 2004 Chinese Edition in Beijing for leading Chinese personal computer makers including Legend Group, the biggest PC maker in Asia Pacific.
The new operating system, with better integration of other consumer electronics functions like TV sets and stereos, will be formally released in the world's second-largest PC market around the New Year.
On Thursday evening, the US software firm also signed a memorandum of understanding with China National Computer Software & Technology Service Corp (CS&S) to develop technology solutions and local software expertise that will strengthen China's software economy - both domestically and for exports.
Microsoft has been trying to improve ties with Chinese governments and businesses to improve its image as "a monopoly running a extremely lucrative business" and address their security concerns.
"To tell the truth, it took me some time to change my attitude towards co-operation with Microsoft," said Fan Boyuan, vice-mayor of Beijing Municipality, "However, I have changed. Microsoft, indeed, has excellent technology and software."
Even as it tries to win the hearts of Chinese officials and businesses, Microsoft is also facing mounting challenges in the world's most-populous market.
According to US-based market researcher Gartner Inc, the increasing adoption of Linux, an open source operating system, was one of the major reasons for the 8 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth in the computer market on the mainland in the third quarter.
At the same time, Microsoft's arch-rival Sun Microsystems decided to donate unlimited copies of its office automation software Star Suite 7.0 to Chinese students, its executive vice-president Crawford Beveridge said on Thursday in Beijing.
The software, sold at US$25 per licence, will first be given to schools and universities selected by MOE.
"Office software is not a very big business for us, so our real intention is to let Chinese students enjoy cheap but excellent software," said a Sun Microsystems China executive.
On Monday, Sun Micro said in Las Vegas that the Chinese Government would install over 200 million copies of its Java Desktop System, an operating system that competes with Microsoft Windows.
"If there are two products with the same feel and look for sale together, you can imagine what choice customers will make," said the Sun Mirco China executive.
A Sun Java Desktop System is priced at US$100, about a third the price of Microsoft Windows XP. (China Daily HK Edition)
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|Jackie 12/05/03 07:40:57 AM EST|
Linux has been improved so much that I believe source code from Windows will only become a reference/"a lesson taught to security" to China rather than an adaption. China eventually will use only Linux as it is anyway cheaper to be used and deployed (if the mass market starts to take it). Cost is everything to a nation. Even for a powerful nation like USA you see only companies outsourcing jobs to low-cost countries like India.
|Mike 12/01/03 04:03:06 PM EST|
Doesnt Microsoft realize that the Chinese conspiracy theorists believe it to be the vehicle of American intelligence agencies since the NT nsa file?
Source code or not they are going to have to convince chinese government that they arent a front for uncle sam.
PS: Source code means that china, who doesnt obey anybodies copyright/patent laws will have "Chindows XP" based on MS source code as soon as they get it. Microsoft wants to make money, not give away the farm.
|Keith Williams 12/01/03 03:04:25 PM EST|
M$ need to get a foot in the door. But I'd imagine that China would insist on the source code to their most common computing applications and use their own engineers where possible as well as minimise cost for an inherintly unreliable platform. All this is contrary to M$'s philosophy. Ballmer's got his work cut out for him on this one.
|Rex Alfie Lee 12/01/03 10:06:58 AM EST|
On the contrary, I hope Ballmer did. The sillier he shows himself 2 b the more rediculous MS appears 4 the v same reason. Maybe just call him an arse next time rather than a jackass as I'm sure the real animal would b humiliated.
|Richard McKenzie 12/01/03 09:03:19 AM EST|
The PRC once again proves the Linux is the wave of the future. I do not think M$ is going to get very far in this market. The potential is there, but not likely.
The only way they could succeed is if Linux or Sun wasn't there.
I think the reality is M$ is going to have to change their business model due to their unrealistic overpricing of their products when it comes to China. If the Chinese need it, they will just pirate it and not pay for it.
Also, I certainly hope the Ballmer didn't jump around on stage like a jackass again.
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