Date
20 August 2017
Chinese authorities said Microsoft is under investigation over breach of antitrust rules. Photo: Bloomberg
Chinese authorities said Microsoft is under investigation over breach of antitrust rules. Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese antitrust regulator raids Microsoft, Accenture offices

A Chinese antitrust regulator conducted new raids on Microsoft Corp and its partner in China Accenture, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing the agency website.

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) raided offices in Beijing, Liaoning, Fujian and Hubei. The SAIC said it also raided the Dalian office of IT consultancy Accenture, to whom Microsoft outsources financial work.

Microsoft and Accenture declined to provide comment.

Last week, the SAIC said it was investigating Microsoft for breach of antitrust rules and had raided four of the software firm’s offices in China.

Microsoft has been suspected of violating China’s anti-monopoly law since June last year in relation to problems with compatibility, bundling and document authentication for its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software, the SAIC said.

Microsoft deputy general counsel Mary Snapp was in Beijing to meet with the SAIC on Monday, where the regulator warned Microsoft to not obstruct the probe, Reuters reported.

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