Japan-China-Korea ‘anything but Microsoft’ initiative may help Apple, Linux

“South Korea, China and Japan yesterday agreed to promote open-source software and platforms that favor non-Microsoft programs like Linux, a move that is expected to put a new spin on the software sector in Northeast Asia,” reports Yang Sung-jin for The Korea Herald.

Yang Sung-jin reports, “The joint effort was agreed to during the IT ministers’ conference held on the southern resort island of Jeju yesterday, marking a major joint step forward among the three economic heavyweights in the region. Of the seven technology fields agreed upon for cooperation, what drew the most interest was the open-source software development initiative.”

“It is expected that the effort will send a warning signal to Microsoft, a U.S.-based software giant whose Windows operating systems and Office productivity suite retain a tight grip on the global IT sector. Analysts and IT experts have long argued that Korea should diversify its computing standard that is now based on Microsoft. Most PC operating systems in Korea come from Microsoft, while the firm’s Office suite has already carved out the biggest share in the software market, outpacing local players. As a result, non-Microsoft programs and systems – notably Macintosh-based PCs and software – are sidelined, a structure that many say is too dependent on Microsoft… China, meanwhile, is keen to establish its own standard and diversify its computing platforms. Japan is also taking similar measures…” Yang Sung-jin reports.

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  1. okay… so China, South Korea and Japan have finally figured out the obvious… that Microsoft’s techno-trash sucks big time and allowing IT pros to continue to ignore superior alternatives as a mode of ensuring job security is no longer an acceptable mode of behavior.

    Now, when will U.S. business and IT types figure it out? Only draconioan government actions will convince the IT featherbedders that their self-serving kissing up to Billy Goats is no longer acceptable. That might not be such a distant possibility. I have seen some moves inside the U.S. government that may lead to decertifying Windows as a secure operating system for critical functions because of Microsoft’s inablity to produce a genuinely secure op system. With 70,000 active Windows viruses and 200 new coming every month… what will it take to force IT people to stop screwing their bosses?

  2. Worked for a large firm that switched from Apple to Microsoft. Here are some of the results: Non-functional e-mail for 3 months, 4 times as many technical support staff, IT constantly dropping services, like desktop back-up, 3 year leases for computers that barely lasted 2, 25% DOA laptops. The company went from $120+/share to $0.73.

  3. The interesting thing here is Microsoft’s plea that this is unfair.

    What Microsoft fails to understand is that if they had made a decent operating system/hardware/network environment in the first place, that listened to customers instead of dominating the industry, and feathering the beds of the army of IT specialists it takes to keep it all running, this Japan-China-Korea consortium wouldn’t have suggested in moving away from Mcrosoft in the first place!

    Let’s all hope that this is the start of a gradual move away from ‘standardisation’ (on Microsoft), and not just a passing fad.

  4. I think Borborygmus will be waiting a long old time before the MS hegemony in the states is broken. M$ is a massive contributor to electoral campaigns – and it’s paid off in the past.

    Antitrust anyone?

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