360 Vs. QQ Part 1

As a software engineer, I have to say that I am very disappointed at what is going on in China's software industry.

Let's take the stand point of an end user and ask the question: why are they doing this and how is it going to benefit me?

1. You should be fairly sure that QQ will not be (even if it was) intruding your privacy.

2. You should be very sure that 360 will change it's (very stupid and unprofessional) way of scanning for viruses.

Note: Anything I say here can be verified using Google. Please don't use Baidu, it is a participant - ._.

Let's start with the first series of incidents that happend between the end of 2009 to Feb 2010 - 360 tries to grab users from Kaspersky when expired, suggesting users to uninstall KingSoft's Anti-Virus and stop Avast from auto start. This is how QQ put it: a. Grab users when a software when expired. -unprofessional marketing technique. but this can benefit the end user, so it can be bared. b. Uninstall KingSoft Anti-Virus: VERY unprofessional practice since there is no real evidence that one can prove it is better. You can say you are better, but you cannot say that the other one has to go. c. stop Avast from autostart: VERY unprofessional practice.

But what really happened: a. When a good software expired, the end user is suppose to renew it, because I think we both know that 360 is not much better. 360 did offer user a choice. So as an end user, I am fine with what 360 did. 360+1 b. Uninstall KingSoft: This one I would go with QQ since the user had to uninstall KingSoft in order to install 360. It did not give user the freedom to have both. It was using its credibility to eliminate potential software that are better. QQ group+1 c. Ok, we know Avast is good. QQ group +1

Now it gets ugly:

Let's examine this post from QQ.com: http://tech.qq.com/a/20100930/000017_2.htm

If you know computer, you know that you want a warning when something gets changed, that's why Windows 7 has user protection (which is annoying :D). But is it fair to do so? Yes, because 360 was simply telling user that something will get changed and give it the option to do so. For example, Norton's osCheck.exe....yea, it will prob slow down the system startup time, but it could potentially be helpful, THAT"S WHY ITS THERE. But as an end user....you don't usually know what to do, and when you are WARNED that something is going to change, you would more likely to stop it if you know what you are doing. Well. I would say both of them's got a point.

Another post from QQ.com: http://tech.qq.com/a/20100930/000017_4.htm

a. interfering with windows update - 360 should NOT interfere with microsoft's update and accuse it of using extra system resource. it is probably not true since software packaging and releasing an update is not something companies like to do on a regular basis, it usually gets released because it was a "have to" situation. QQ+1

b. Stop Baidu and other companies plugins - as an end user, i would have to say that giving people a choice to uninstall them is good because it was usually not so easy to uninstall them. 360+1

Part I score:

QQ alliance: 2 360 : 2 -----------> Everyone is for themslves.