Take note!. China is looking to launch its own operating system, an initiative that the government reportedly hopes will make its information systems more secure
According to in the Xinhua news, Ni Guangnan, of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the country’s state-run engineering arm, says the new Chinese operating system could be launched as early as October.
Details regarding the underpinnings of the operating system have yet to be revealed, but the move was reportedly spurred by the end of support of Windows XP and the ban on Windows 8 in China. The government also launched an anti-monopoly probe against Microsoft earlier this year.
What was unclear in the Xinhua report is whether this new operating system will be limited to Chinese users, or be offered internationally. Based on the comments from Ni, it seems, at least in the short-term, the former is more likely.
«Our key to success lies in an environment that can help us compete with Google, Apple and Microsoft,» Ni told Xinhua.
The report also says that the operating system will first be rolled out on desktop computers and later on mobile devices