China is set to have its own operating system by October 2014. The operating system will help its domestic industry get a hold of imported systems such as Microsoft’s Windows and Google’s mobile operating system, Android.

The operating system will first appear on desktop devices then on the smartphone and lastly on mobile devices.

The operating system comes after the Central Government Procurement Center issued a ban in May 2014 on installing Windows 8 on Chinese government computers. This operating system will protect domestic firms and reduce dependence on foreign technological expertise.

Previously in April 2014, Microsoft put an end to its security updates and technical support for Windows XP, which is widely used in China. Windows XP is a compatible operating system for personal computer and desktop computers and its services had been delayed for long in China.

Meanwhile, in January 2014, the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) together with Shanghai Liantong Network Communications Technology launched the new China Operating System (COS), a Linux-based operating system designed especially for mobile devices.  But this still doesn’t make China independent because it still relies on Linux though its user interface and system services are independently designed.

In conclusion, Kenya should widely invest in tech savvy individuals that our universities or institutions create to reduce over reliance on either Microsoft Inc. or Apple Inc. operating systems.


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