China Claims Microsoft Not Transparent in Antitrust Investigations
It seems that the tension between Microsoft and China is yet to sizzle down. Recently, the Chinese authorities are saying that the tech tycoon is not fully complying to the government’s investigation for anti-monopoly activities. The government wants more data and information from its media player and Web browser distribution.
The antitrust regulator has been conducting investigation into Microsoft due to an industrial compliant stating that there are devices that are not compatible and not being able to be bundled with Windows and Office software. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has gone so far as to raid the Microsoft offices in China.
Although the authorities are stating Microsoft is withholding information, the head of SAIC, Zhang Mao did state that the American tech giant is respectful of Chinese laws and is cooperating with the government in the investigation. Microsoft has stated in the past that it will answer any of the government’s questions.
This investigation comes as the Chinese government might be indicating that it wants to curb the tech company’s influence in the country as it is the top PC operating system with about 90% market share in its pockets. Back in May, the authorities banned government purchases of Windows 8 devices.
The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella is set to make a trip to China this month but it’s unconfirmed what the man is going there for. It is rumored that the trip was planned before the investigation started so we’re not sure if Nadella will meet with the Chinese authorities to discuss the matter at hand. The CEO might just be going there to look at sales reports and how to increase the Chinese sales. We wouldn’t be surprised however, if both parties plan a redezvous somewhere in between their busy schedules when Nadella is in the country.