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Gartner.com: Chinese Firms Could Benefit From Microsoft's Loss in China

Jan 04, 2002, 14:38 (27 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Peter Rasmussen for this link. ]

"On 28 December 2001, the Beijing municipal government selected several vendors to provide operating system (OS), office automation (OA) and antivirus software for government PCs acquired without copyrighted software. Beijing selected only Chinese companies, including Red Flag (for its Linux OS) and Kingsoft (for its WPS Office OA product). Microsoft, which was among the seven vendors that bid for the contract, was the only one not selected.

These results indicate China's determination to protect home-grown intellectual property and support Chinese software vendors. Beijing's choice of indigenous vendors will likely boost the domestic OS, OA and other software markets.

Beijing's decision marks a significant step in China's effort to protect intellectual property, which it agreed to do when it entered the World Trade Organization. Other actions, such as destroying pirated audio, video CDs and software products, also reflect China's determination to protect intellectual property. However, the full adoption and implementation of this policy around the country will take time due to China's vast territory, highly decentralized government hierarchy and long-established custom of using low-priced pirated versions."

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