Xiaomi has been putting in efforts to try to enhance the communication services of its PC software, made evident in its recent acquisition of MSNLite. (File photo/CFP)
Xiaomi Tech, a Chinese mobile phone company, has announced its plans to acquire MSNLite to develop instant messaging software for PC users of Miliao, the company's mobile communication service.
The company's IM software on the PC side will be going online soon, according to tech.sina.com, the tech news site of Chinese internet portal Sina.
Huan Jianji, one of the founders of Xiaomi, said that the MSNLite team will help the company to create a channel between mobile phone users and PC users and enhance communication platforms for Miliao users.
MSNLite is accessible by users of Microsoft's MSN software but forbids advertising. It currently has around one million active users. Registered mobile phone users for Miliao have reached more than 17 million.
In addition, Xiaomi has established an internet messaging R&D center in order to begin developing the market and challenge rival company QQ and the Wechat service of Tencent, Chinese largest portal website.
Tencent's QQ occupies 63.7% and around 50% of communication services on PC and mobile phone platforms, respectively, while Wechat accounts for 15.2% and Miliao snipped a mere 1.8% on the mobile phone side for the first quarter, reported Beijing Business Today.
Dong Xu, an analyst for China's internet market research company iResearch, said that, without an independent communications software for the PC, the company will have difficulty challenging QQ's market dominance. The IM market in China will not change in the short term, Dong said.
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