Just like most things technology in the country, China is a significant market for Skype. There are certain regulations in place that results in Microsoft requiring a local partner in the country, and there are certain concerns regarding user privacy. Microsoft may have just recently signed a new partnership deal but...

As reported earlier this month, Microsoft ended its partnership in China with TOM, and has officially appointed a new partner in order to make its VoIP service available to users in the country. Microsoft’s joint venture with TOM had been criticized for wiretapping and collaboration with local authorities, with...