Microsoft Faces Anti-Monopoly Investigation In China

Microsoft Under Anti-Monopoly Investigation In China(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft is facing an anti-monopoly investigation from China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce regarding the company’s Windows operating system and Office Business Suite.

On Monday the SAIC raided the tech giant’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu, seizing the company’s financial statements, contracts, and computers, reports Reuters.

“Microsoft complies with the laws and regulations of every market in which we operate around the world and we have industry leading monitoring and enforcement mechanisms in place to ensure this,” said Microsoft. “Our business practices in China are designed to be compliant with Chinese law.”

The SAIC noted on its website that Microsoft has been suspected of violating China’s anti-monopoly laws since last June due to complaints from local businesses concerning the company’s bundling of products and not fully disclosing information about its software.

If Microsoft is found guilty of anti-monopoly practices, they could be fined up to 10 percent of its revenue, though it is not clear if that would be from strictly China’s sales or global sales.