An unexpected visit, a much unexpected visit. There is little trouble in big China, as the dispute between Microsoft and Chinese authorities took another turn. For the worse, obviously.

The company has confirmed that government officials made a sudden visit to their local offices, and although Redmond has not provided any details or given a reason, this much is certain that this incident adds to the tense relationship the company has with the government of this particular country.

Microsoft says that four of its offices across China have been raided today.

Workplaces in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu were the locations that were stormed in earlier today, as part of an official government investigation by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce. Four hits in one day, people!

This is what a Microsoft spokesperson was quoted as saying:

“We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect and we’re happy to answer the government’s questions.”

The big question is whether these questions had to do with the previous discussions between both sides that ultimately resulted in getting Windows 8 banned in China.

Microsoft worked with the Chinese authorities last year in helping them purchase legitimate Windows XP licenses, and as a result, the local government believed that the company should have provided extended support for these installations, as opposed to the scheduled retirement of the platform.

The impact of this most recent investigation is, so far, unclear, and will probably remain so until the Chinese authorities publicly clarify the purpose of their investigation.

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6 Comments
  1. They’re fishing in an empty pond. Wild goose chase that’s going nowhere and they have to do it to cover their tails. Embarrassing for the Chinese government at this point.

  2. The things the Chinese do just get more stupid every day

  3. Mike Greenway / July 29, 2014 at 9:50 am /Reply

    If the FBI just hadn’t “Charged Five Chinese Military Hackers for Cyber Espionage Against U.S.” china wouldn’t be so mad, but the FBI has to follow through on the facts.

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  5. Rodney Longoria / July 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm /Reply

    China is infamous for their piracy and hacking scenes. Perhaps if they cleaned up their own backyard first, then this might make sense. But like Mike said… 😉

    • Mike Greenway / July 30, 2014 at 10:49 am /Reply

      Hi Rodney, One thing just stuck me, it is the Chinese government that is doing all these stupid thing. In that way the Chinese people have something in common with we American citizens. Our politicians could use some work!

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