Chinese Antitrust Regulator: Microsoft Had Not Been Fully Transparent With Its Sales Data In China

Microsoft offices in China were raided in the last week of July by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Later, a Chinese regulator confirmed that they are conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft in relation to problems with compatibility, bundling and document authentication for its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software. Today, a Chinese antitrust regulator said that Microsoft had not been fully transparent with its sales data on Microsoft software in China.

A Chinese antitrust regulator said on Tuesday that Microsoft had not been fully transparent with its sales data on the software it distributes in China, including information on sales of its media player and web browser software.

Microsoft has expressed willingness to cooperate with ongoing investigations, Zhang Mao, the head of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), told reporters at a briefing in Beijing.

“After multiple meetings including at high levels, they’ve expressed a willingness to respect Chinese law and collaborate with investigating officials,” Zhang said.

Source: Reuters

  • RodHull

    Microsoft actually sells software in China? Considering the rampant prevalence of piracy there that’s something of a miracle. Rather than bashing down their office door, maybe the Chinese government should be apologising for their citizens’ thieving ways?

  • david

    How do you reveal pirated versions sales and sales of free addons?
    In China most people anyway use Baidu browser. This investigation is just retaliation for firing 5000 people in Nokia unit.

  • lubba

    I don’t understand Americans and their hunger for China.

    • david

      Money. And it is not only Americans. Everyone is treating China as saviour for sales.

      • lubba

        Does MS actually make money in China?

        • Tips_y

          According to reports, not much. Microsoft could actually leave China right now and their bottom line would not be affected much. But China is a huge market so the possibility of making big money is what’s keeping them from leaving.

  • NGM123

    So China is happy monopolising every manufactured product on the planet and in the process forcing millions world wide out of work, but when a foreign company shows any signs of success, even if its small, they want to beat them up and in the process find their own alternative crocked products to force on the local masses no doubt.
    Maybe someone should tell China to go fk themselves, democracy, fair play or natural market forces do not figure in their pig thinking in any way shape or form, arrogant pricks.

  • Duk3togo

    I say focus on India they have about the same amount of people and less bs. I know they’re not perfect but China needs to realize they’re not the only country with over a billion people.

  • hotrod2391

    Well USA has a huge loan to pay from China. They are the aggressor now, China has the money and the people. Its bullying time.

  • HoppITUp

    And in other news, China hasn’t been fully transparent with the number or pirated copies of XP that are still running in the Chines government buildings.