Chinese authorities confirm antitrust investigation into Microsoft

Chinese authorities confirm antitrust investigation into Microsoft
When you think about a legacy of software piracy of gargantuan proportions, and then couple that with the idea of China having an “anti-monopoly” business agency, it does make one scratch their head about news like this.

Following a raid on several Microsoft offices in China a couple days ago, officials have confirmed that it is looking into “monopolistic behavior” by Microsoft. As the government of China owns and controls any number of business entities, one cannot help but think oxymoronic thoughts.

“An investigation has been established into Microsoft Corporation on suspicions of monopolistic behavior,” according to an announcement by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce. This is the same agency that cited Qualcomm as having a monopoly, and with the help of state-owned media has noted Windows 8 as being a mechanism for collecting personal data as well as announcing the iPhone as a “national security threat.”

As the notion of an “anti-monopoly” regulator in China does not make sense where the government ostensibly owns everything, the end-game in this “investigation” is some type of political position.  What has not been revealed is what that goal is. The fact that more than 100 state officers raided Microsoft’s offices, confiscated computers, records, and interviewed personnel at those locations is all for show.

Remarks made by Chinese president Xi Jinping earlier this year sum up the ideology, “Only if core technologies are in our own hands can we truly hold the initiative in competition and development.”

source: WindowsITPro

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14 Comments

1. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

In China as in everywhere, the government hates when others compete with it.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Microsoft is a powerful organization but they still compete with other business not the countries government. Microsoft is a proven monopolist even in the states. They still are in the enterprise sectors. They generally don't support open standards which is a basic requirement for any sector to compete on quality of products and services. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend_and_extinguish

7. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I guess China and world in general should then go after Google for bring a monopoly in Mobile then by your notion. You can't get more monopolist than Android in Mobile devices. http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/04/apple-slips-us-marketshare-android-makes-significant-gains-worldwide.html

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Don't forget YouTube and Google search, major monopolies.

10. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

China will always do this to other companies without basis . Especially if that company is foreign they don't trust anybody except themselves . They never learned from WWII . They're thinking that they are unstoppable just like hitler thinks of himself.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Please feel free not to use any Google services if you believe it to be so monopolistic. Beside, the world wants android, not other. Jelly on.

3. wilsong17 unregistered

So much for Scroogled I hope Microsoft get fine big time

5. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

For what? Lol Did you not read the article? What a poor government. They will allow things like Blantant copying and don't get me started on human rights but how dare any company not owned by them be functional without penalty. Microsoft hasn't been competitive in China for years let alone a monopoly

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Buttkick that dictatorship company, and billions in fines. They deserve it.

4. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

"As the notion of an “anti-monopoly” regulator in China does not make sense where the government ostensibly owns everything," lol That logic would only work if M$ was a chinese company and no foreign companies would opperate in China. It is also innacurate to say that the gov owns everything , they own everything in some sectors that they see as strategic but the majority of the GDP is generated by the private sector. Go ahead and Google for it.

6. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

+1 For you China

12. wax33

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

This article was written by a brainwashed American idiot.

13. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Nope its true, you must must be a brainwashed idiot from another country

14. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I thought Microsoft monopoly case was settled long time ago.

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