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People's Daily: Microsoft Moves to Improve Image in China

Dec 01, 2003, 12:00 (6 Talkback[s])

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"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..."

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