So we know that Microsoft and China do not exactly have a great relationship at the moment. China had banned the installation of Windows 8 on government computers and later on launched an investigation against Microsoft claiming antitrust violations. Now according to a recent report from Reuters, it seems that the products that Microsoft is being targeted over would be its internet browser and media player.
According to You Youting, a partner at Shanghai Debund Law Offices, he believes that the targeting of these two pieces of software is only the start, and that the probe could eventually extend beyond the software to other products or services offered by Microsoft. The reason they have targeted the two software in the first place is due to the fact that Microsoft has gotten into legal trouble in the past in other countries before, thus forming the basis of their probe.
You states, “It’s possible the government hasn’t been successful in finding what they’re looking for. But by starting with these two products, it gives them time.” While Microsoft has declined to comment, Zhang Mao, the head of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce was quoted as saying, “The investigation is presently ongoing, and we will disclose the results to the public in a timely fashion.”
It is unclear what will the Chinese government will find in their investigation, but it certainly does not seem to bode well for Microsoft who is trying to make a bigger dent in the Chinese market, and especially with the company planning on launching their Xbox One console in the country.