THREE OF THE biggest players in Asia will work to develop an operating system that's nothing to do with Microsoft.

They'll also develop alternative applications to the Microsoft Office suite.

According to a report in Japan Today, the Japanese trade and industry minister Takeo Hiranuma will pitch the plan to his peers in South Korea and China at the ASEAN trade meeting tomorrow.

And things are moving so fast that it's likely an agreement could be hammered out as early as the middle of this month.

The alternative to Microsoft operating systems will be an Open Source based OS, according to the newspaper, which says that China, Japan and Korea are worried about over reliance on one single player in the market.

And the other thing that's exercising the countries' minds are recent security problems that stand the risk of compromising business and government.

The countries are expected to plunge some funds into the initiative. Just recently, it emerged that Thailand panicked Microsoft so much that it offered to sell Windows XP and Office for a mere .
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In a way I wish that these guys would put their time and money into advancing Linux and OpenOffice, which imho stand the best chance of taking a stab at M$.

But, on the other hand, if these guys have an idea on how to make a killer open-source OS and Office Suite, then I say "hell ya, go for it". Who knows what they will come up with. M$ can't reign supreme forever.