Local Alternatives

By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2003-11-24 Print this article Print

Local Alternatives

Evermore Software, backed by the Chinese government, is not alone in its bid to unseat Microsoft Office. With their governments support, many Chinese software companies are trying to mount challenges to Microsofts dominance in the Chinese marketplace. And no wonder: IDC analysts estimate that Chinas IT market is growing by 20 percent per year, with software sales in China expected to exceed $30 billion by 2005.

Although alternatives such as OpenOffice.orgs OpenOffice, Sun Microsystems Inc.s StarOffice and the open-source KOffice are available in China, the Chinese are banking on homegrown efforts to unseat Microsoft Office. For example, the Chinese government is developing its own operating system to compete with Windows.

And Guangdong-based Kingsoft Corp.s WPS (Word Processing System) 2003 Office Suite recently replaced Microsoft Office at 2,000 Shanghai elementary and secondary schools. (WPS is more established than Evermore and was used on the majority of government desktops before a Chinese-language Microsoft Office was released.)

Senior Writer Anne Chen can be reached at anne_chen@ziffdavis.com.

As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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