Tencent technology news, according to foreign media reports, South Korean industry executives said on Wednesday that as Microsoft officially terminated its support for Windows 7 on January 14, South Korean computer software companies developing operating systems (OS) consider this a huge business opportunity and are desperately seeking to increase their share in the market dominated by Microsoft's windows operating system.
Small and medium-sized Korean companies such as Tmax, Hancom and Invesume have developed their own operating systems based on Linux. Linux is a fully free operating system that is widely used on servers in data centers.
Huge business opportunities
Executives at the software companies said they would see the end of Microsoft's support for Windows 7 as a huge opportunity and try to encourage users, particularly government agencies and private companies, from Windows to Windows
They claim that compared with Windows 7, which no longer has software updates, their own operating system has great advantages in network security and low cost. They also stressed that if they use their operating system, users will not have to switch to windows 10, which can save a lot of money.
Their efforts to capture market share from Microsoft are consistent with the South Korean government's policy of nurturing the local software industry, all aimed at avoiding heavy reliance on the US company's operating system.
Microsoft's share of the South Korean PC operating system market as of December 2019 was 88.48 percent, according to market tracker StatCounter. As of September 2019, Windows 7 accounted for 24.9 percent of the local PC operating system market, according to South Korea's Internet and Security Agency.
In 2010, a year after the launch of windows 7, microsoft accounted for 99% of the market. But the 2019 figures appear to provide a more viable alternative for local software development companies
Positive self promotion
In local software companies, Tmax is promoting its Linux-based Tmax OS and offers a range of promotions, such as issuing technical maintenance coupons and discount coupons.
For non-commercial users, tmaxos is free, but the company charges licensing fees from government agencies and companies. Tmax has signed more and more new contracts as Microsoft terminated technical support for Windows 7.
The executive added:
Hancom, known for its Hangul word processing software, is also actively increasing its share of the PC operating system market through its gureum operating system.
the gureum platform, developed by the korean national security institute (nsri), is an open source operating system. About 30 local companies have joined the platform. Hancom joined the project in 2015.
The executive added that the gureum operating system is mainly used by government agencies such as the Korea Institute for the promotion of marine science and technology, Korea post, the Korea Naval Academy and the Korea national police.
Local software company Invesume is also offering its open source operating system, the HamoniKR, to target government agencies.
In 2014, the South Korean government developed the operating system with a view to reducing its heavy dependence on Microsoft. Invesume has been responsible for providing users with software updates and technical support.
Low application compatibility
However, an executive at an IT company in South Korea said it would be difficult for local companies to increase their share of the operating system market because people have been using the windows operating system for too long, and some popular applications such as games can only run on the windows system.
The executive said: