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Microsoft said it's cooperating with the government officials in China

Microsoft's offices in China were recently raided ahead of its big Xbox One launch in the country. According to Neowin, four of Microsoft's offices were raided by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in China as part of an official investigation. 
The four offices were located in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. 
While it remains unclear as to why the raids are taking place, some speculate that it has to do with China's mistrust in Microsoft's relationship with the U.S. government. 
In fact, Microsoft's close ties with the U.S. government are why China banned Windows 8 from official use. Microsoft tried to deny these allegations in June, but it appears that relations remain tense between Microsoft and China. 
Microsoft said it's cooperating with the government officials in China.

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"We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect and we're happy to answer the government's questions," said Microsoft. 

Microsoft is among the companies accused by Chinese officials as conspiring with U.S. spying, which was conducted by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Further, China isn't happy about Microsoft's decision to end support for most SKUs of Windows XP.

Currently, roughly 50 percent of Chinese computers run Windows XP, which is well above the global consumer average of about 25 percent.  

It's unfortunate that these raids are happening now, since Microsoft is set to launch its Xbox One console in China starting September 2014. The console is set to be the first sold in China since the ban. 

Source: Neowin

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Black Kettle.
By Mitch101 on 7/28/2014 10:12:46 PM , Rating: 3
China is spying on you through your KETTLE

Proof That Military Chips From China Are Infected?

For years, everyone has warned that counterfeit microchips made in China and installed on American military hardware could contain viruses or secret backdoors granting the Chinese military cyber access to U.S. weapons systems.

So this smells of a knee jerk reaction to Microsoft ending support for Windows XP than anything else and them being mad that they might actually have to pay for software.

China snubs Microsoft for ending XP security

“It has long been known that China is one of the world's worst offenders when it comes to using unlicensed software and Windows XP has pretty poor license enforcement. With Windows 8, Microsoft are quite rightly ensuring that each copy has to have a license in order to operate.

China's Request for Source code in 3--2--1....

RE: Black Kettle.
By Omoronovo on 7/28/2014 11:07:04 PM , Rating: 2
China already has managed source access to Windows, Office, and most other Microsoft products through Microsoft GSP... and has done for at least 11 years.

RE: Black Kettle.
By fteoath64 on 8/7/2014 11:33:13 PM , Rating: 2
How would they know the source-code was the current version unless they do a build and tested it properly to ensure compliance. Also, if they are clever, they might choose to omit certain sections of the code in order to reduce the amount of intrusions that they might cause. But a better solution is to use a locally built Linux distro and provide that freely using government sponsored fund to develop their security and privacy aspects of the OS. I am shocked that CHina with all their resourcing has not done so after Red Flag was discontinued.

RE: Black Kettle.
By stmok on 7/29/2014 2:12:50 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft Shared Source Initiative

Within that section...
Government Security Program

All Govts who use MS products are given access when requested.

RE: Black Kettle.
By StoveMeister on 7/29/14, Rating: 0
RE: Black Kettle.
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/29/2014 11:42:36 AM , Rating: 2
China's Request for Source code in 3--2--1....
Mitch's defense of MS in 3--2--1....

By Silver2k7 on 7/29/2014 2:56:22 AM , Rating: 1
Atleast it wasnt raided by bandits..
wich I thought this article was about.

RE: ...
By bah12 on 7/29/2014 9:26:58 AM , Rating: 5
I don't know personally I'd prefer bandits to the Chinese Government.

By cubby1223 on 7/29/2014 12:44:10 PM , Rating: 3
Currently, roughly 50 percent of Chinese computers run Windows XP, which is well above the global consumer average of about 25 percent.

And currently, roughly 99% of that 50% run pirated copies of Windows XP, well above the global consumer average.

They don't upgrade because they don't see value in paying for the software.

By amanojaku on 7/29/2014 5:12:57 PM , Rating: 2
China is investigating Microsoft for allegedly operating a monopoly in its market, the government said Tuesday, as it took aim at the US software giant over business practices.

The move makes the company the latest foreign firm to face Beijing's scrutiny, in fields ranging from computing to baby milk.

"According to legal regulations, the SAIC (State Administration for Industry and Commerce) has set up a case to investigate Microsoft for alleged monopoly actions," the agency said in statement on its website.

The probe centres on its Windows operating system -- which is used on the vast majority of computers in China -- and the Office suite of programs, the statement said.

An earlier inspection last year considered allegations by companies that Microsoft bundled its products for sale and failed to disclose information about the software, causing problems with compatibility, it added.

Last week, state media said China was preparing to announce US chip maker Qualcomm has monopoly status in the mobile phone chip market. The government agency reportedly behind the move declined to comment.

China's commercial hub Shanghai last week launched a police investigation of a unit of US food supplier OSI Group after a media report saying its Shanghai factory, which supplied fast food giants such as McDonald's and KFC, used expired meat.

"Microsoft's operating system software occupies a 95 percent share of the market in China, forming a de facto monopoly," the National Business Daily said.

Under China's anti-monopoly law, which went into effect in 2008, violators can be fined one to 10 percent of their previous year's sales revenue.
I think we know the motives behind the probe...

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