Microsoft offices in China get raided in government investigation

Microsoft offices in China get raided in government investigation
Four Microsoft offices in four different cities in China were raided by that country’s business agency, but there is no definitive word as to why.

Microsoft’s facilities in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu had visits from investigators of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce. A local spokesperson for Microsoft said that the company will “actively cooperate” with the government.

While there was no official word about what the investigation is targeting, it is reportedly due to antitrust issues. A couple months ago, China banned the use of Windows 8, purportedly to evaluate and ensure proper computer security. Chinese media then started circulating reports that the new operating system was being used to gather personal information about Chinese citizens.

The visit also occurred within days after the Chinese government stated that Qualcomm had a monopoly, a strange assertion given all the different chips in use across a whole range of different devices, a huge number of which are actually manufactured in China.

sources: South China Morning Post via WPCentral and Neowin

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16 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Don't know why MS spying for the government is news, they already admitted to that like all other US corporations. Well, Qualcomm does have a monopoly except for in China, I don't know why more people aren't making custom chips. Nvidia has been sucking as of late, hopefully AMD enters (which I think they are) or maybe someone else ups the game because QC is sucking right now.

2. Daniel.95

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Everybody sucks. We want geek found companies like One+.

14. WinDroid

Posts: 77; Member since: May 20, 2014

One+ sucks, they don't let anyone buy their phones.

16. RedRingofWar

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Sounds like somebody's jealous that they never got an invite. The OnePlus One is a fantastic phone. I use it rather than my S5.

4. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I don't know about any US company Microsoft, Google or Apple who have admitted anything, however they were all targeted by the Chinese after five Chinese military officers were accused of stealing US corporate secrets in May.

3. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

i actually dont understand why nvidia chips fail evry year, though they look nice on paper. i think maybe they charge more to OEMs, and they should come up with more chips for ecomic (low and mid) tier market.

5. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I heard that Qualcom, Mediatek, and others produce the board that 98% functional, and have a better integration team with the phone maker. Whereas nVidia engenering board sample is far from commercial state, and phone maker need to customize it more (read: need more time/money to develop it).

9. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

And nvidia doesn't have good solutions with integrated modem...this is where qualcomm wins game.

10. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I thought I read somewhere on PA that nVidia already have the integrated modem solution

11. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

they do have icera 500...but don't know anyone using it.

13. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Probably because they take a lot of power.

6. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I don't know if Microsoft do it on purpose (making a back door), or they just too bad on security. But I'm not surprised that China raid microsoft because USA stealing their secret through this OS (ex. Huawei stolen material). But why China and others non-USA side country didn't move on to Linux?

8. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Neither. It is a function of signing into the Windows store and thus the Microsoft Cloud as part of Windows 8. You can use Windows 8 without using either of these things. Meanwhile, Baidu is busy collecting personal information but that seems to be ok. Baidu has also been accused of spying on Japanese citizens.

15. WinDroid

Posts: 77; Member since: May 20, 2014

Nobody is stealing Chinese secrets, they have no secrets. It's no secret they treat their people like trash. China on the other hand have been caught actually stealling US Secrets.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I doubt MS has anything to worry about. They are doing their best to keep squeaky clean. I'd say, blame Apple.

12. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

They are trying to get the windows xp source code in desperation, "We want xp.. noooooooooo 8!!!"

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