Microsoft Tells Chinese Customers It's Not Helping U.S. Gov't Spy on Them
June 6, 2014 6:40 PM
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Microblog post contradicts claims by China's state-run media
Microsoft Corp. (
) and China have long had a rocky relationship over accusations of piracy. With
U.S. and Chinese relations deterioriating
in the wake of the
U.S. National Security Agency
(NSA) spying scandal and
the Obama administration's decision last month to throw fuel on the fire
by charging Chinese military officers in China with cyberspying, Microsoft is among the companies accused by Chinese officials as conspiring with U.S. spying. China has
banned Windows 8
from government computers and advised Chinese citizens and businesses to drop Microsoft's latest operating system.
The spat between Microsoft and China is also fueled in part by the testy debate over Windows XP. In April, Microsoft
ended support for most SKUs of the 13-year-old operating system
, much to the chagrin of the Chinese government. Currently, roughly 50 percent of Chinese computers run Windows XP, well above
the global consumer average of about 25 percent
Former Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky announces Windows 8 at an Oct. 2012 launch event in China. [Image Source: EPA]
China wanted Microsoft to offer Chinese customers
free ongoing support for Windows XP
. Microsoft refused, saying that roughly 9 in 10 Windows XP users (indicating a whopping 45 percent of total Chinese users) are running pirated copies of the operating system.
Microsoft this week took to social media to try to appeal to the Chinese people and reassure them that it was fighting attempts to spy on them. The company
on its Chinese account on local Chinese-language microblogging service Weibo [
Microsoft has never assisted any government in an attack of another government or clients.
Microsoft has never provided any government the authority to directly visit our products or services.
Microsoft has never provided any so-called "Backdoor" into its products or services.
Microsoft has never provided the data or info of our clients to the U.S. Govt. or National Security Agency.
Microsoft has never concealed any requests from any government for information about its client
Only roughly 5 percent of Microsoft's revenue comes from China according to a 2011 statement by then CEO Steve Ballmer -- a shockingly low number for the world's largest electronics marketplace. China's
$9B USD market in pirated software
, though, make dealing with that massive market a headache, even before you toss in spying concerns.
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6/7/2014 9:27:19 AM
How bad is it when you have to convince the Chinese people that we aren't spying on them?
"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il
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