Microsoft given 20 days to respond to Chinese investigation

China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce has given Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) 20 days to respond to queries resulting from its investigation into the compatability of its Windows operating system and Office software suite.

At least 30 foreign companies have been recently probed by Chinese regulators as the government seeks to enforce a 2008 anti-trust law.

Microsoft says it is "serious about complying with China's laws and committed to addressing SAIC's questions and concerns".

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  • wil3714
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    Politically motivated, try piracy of software that why they can collect 90% more rev.
    1 Sep 2014, 06:19 AM Reply Like
  • User 4542301
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    Yeah, I got to say with all the piracy of MS software from the Chinese, this is just weird. They need to clean up their own act.
    1 Sep 2014, 06:33 AM Reply Like
  • StayCool
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    You have to be kidding! The Chinese government lecturing Microsoft on monopoly behavior!! Microsoft should send the Chinese government a bill for all of the piracy committed against Microsoft products!! Please.........
    1 Sep 2014, 08:00 AM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    We're going to see more cyber and financial warfare as the eastern economies challenged the west. The US use of economic sanctions has set the trend and it will be followed by all others. The EU and US have established "international" law according to their cultural and economic traditions which may not be in the best interests of emerging economies. Yes, Microsoft has been ripped off by software piracy but the whole system of intellectual property rights greatly favors established nations. I can't imagine how amused the Chinese are with such patents as the multi-touch user interface that governs all touch screen devices.
    1 Sep 2014, 10:26 AM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    "We're going to see more cyber and financial warfare as the eastern economies challenged the west."


    Absolutely. As the Russian, Chinese and Arab cases show, the weakling Western democracies are now consigned to the back seat of history, possessing re-active powers at best, no longer agenda and model setting as once was the case.
    1 Sep 2014, 03:31 PM Reply Like
  • User 4542301
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    " The EU and US have established "international" law according to their cultural and economic traditions which may not be in the best interests of emerging economies."


    Oh, being an outlaw is acceptable to you? Ofcourse if you don't possess the knowledge and property rights to software then paying the owner of that property a reasonable amount for the right to operate the software is not going to seem "in your best interest". Such language to justify theft reminds me of an islamic extremist talking. Totally ridiculous.


    The whole system of intellectual property rights is common sense which even China will want obeyed when they hold the property rights. Outlaws are outlaws no matter how you try and spin it.


    As for China, Russia, and company becoming more powerful than the U.S. and its allies, they must develop a financial system as trustworthy as that of the U.S. in order to do so in order for other countries to trust them, with checks and balances, an audit system etc. I don't see them ever changing their outlaw behavior, so I don't see that happening. The system the U. S. has developed is based on respecting your neighbor. It's not just our way of thinking, it is what works in this imperfect world. You are totally out to lunch with your dysfunctional thinking.
    2 Sep 2014, 09:31 AM Reply Like
  • User 28003613
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    Tit for tat. Do not allow Alibaba to have an IPO in the USA. We don't trust the Chinese and we let them take all our technical information without a whimper. Alibaba is just another conduit to sell their cheap crap in the USA.
    1 Sep 2014, 03:09 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Well, the last time I look almost all PC device including smart phones and tablets are made in China including those from Apple, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Xiaomi. Made in China is not the issue!
    1 Sep 2014, 05:02 PM Reply Like
  • aeroguy48
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    Bill and Melinda Gates are big supporters and contributors to our Dear Leader obama, what could go wrong?
    1 Sep 2014, 09:47 PM Reply Like
  • Leroyboy66
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    Obama has been unable to make basic sound decisions in regards to the children at our doorsteps. His gang of losers have surrendered the Middle East by a policy of not making Foreign Policy decisions.Allowing these ISIS thugs use American equipment abandoned by Iraqi military to be another bomb waiting to blow up at the expense of Israel and the few allies we have left in the World. China has taken over the great job faker in America by filling China Mart with crap that Sam W. would be rolling in his grave having his creation turn into an extension of of China's smiling dagger in back mentality.
    Wake up Obama, Putin has easily preyed on your spineless Inaction and Soon you will be FORCED to make some decisions that undoubtably will Leave our Nation in a position of standing on the bumper of a Yugo instead of leading from the front in dignity and Responsibilty of the elected officials,which we recall Obama's campaign promise "time for a change".
    The CHANGE IS HERE and we Better wake up to the that our COMMANDER in Chief, has been Really Absent without Leave, AWOL to the oath he took and to the Veterns he has abandoned.
    2 Sep 2014, 12:58 AM Reply Like
  • Faxbot
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    That was surprisingly beautiful. Thank you Leroy.
    2 Sep 2014, 10:13 PM Reply Like
  • alpine
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    All Microsoft has to do is part with its source code on Windows, Office, SQL Server amd all their other products, and they'll be friends more monopoly, the "solution" to this problem is that least as far as the Middle Kingdom is concerned.
    2 Sep 2014, 02:56 AM Reply Like
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