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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