Reuters yesterday reported that Microsoft has signed a deal with Chinese Internet security specialist Qihoo 360 Technology in which both the companies will work on mobile Internet and artificial intelligence technology. The report claims that there will be technology exchanges in artificial intelligence. But, both Microsoft and Qihoo declined to provide comment on this deal.
The tie-up with Qihoo, known for its security software, mobile application store and search engine, comes as Microsoft struggles with scrutiny from China’s government and state-owned businesses over the security of its products.
U.S. technology companies are battling anti-American sentiment in China. Firms like Microsoft, Apple Inc and Google Inc have been accused by state media of working with the U.S. government in cyber-espionage, with doubts raised about their products’ security.