China Believes Microsoft Hid Windows, Office Compatibility Issues

The crisis in China has taken another turn! Microsoft is currently being investigated by government officials in the country for antitrust, and we have some fresh information on this.

The technology titan is now being accused of not providing the full details regarding two of its flagship products, Windows and Office — which is basically saying that these undisclosed compatibility issues led to concerns and problems for companies in China.

Complicated, I know.

This report from Reuters has the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) working closely with Microsoft officials on this, and has given the company all of 20 days to provide a written explanation for these issues in both Windows and Office.

Why not a full 30 days, that remains the key question?

Last we heard was that government officials were also looking at Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player for possible antitrust concerns for the local market. But since this is not the 90s anymore, they probably did not find anything solid.

These new allegations, however, are quite odd in the sense that the government has gone from accusations of hiding sales data to compatibility issues.

It will be interesting to see how both parties settle this. Redmond has been having a hard time in China, ever since May, when Windows 8 was first banned on government PCs. Some say, the Windows XP retirement had a lot to do with this new aggressive stance from China.

Then again, people say all manners of things, right?

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