Date
19 November 2017
Chinese authorities have accused Microsoft of not being transparent with regard to information on Windows and Office software sales. Photo: Bloomberg
Chinese authorities have accused Microsoft of not being transparent with regard to information on Windows and Office software sales. Photo: Bloomberg

Microsoft web browser, player targeted in China anti-trust probe

Microsoft’s web browser and media player are being targeted in a Chinese anti-trust probe as Beijing steps up scrutiny on multinational firms operating in the country, China News reported.

The US tech giant has not been fully transparent with information about its Windows and Office software, and its media player and web browser, Zhang Mao, the head of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), was quoted as telling reporters at a briefing in Beijing Tuesday.

SAIC began an investigation into Microsoft since June, and has been in touch with the US firm. 

“We have contacted Microsoft many times. Their senior executives expressed a willingness to respect Chinese law and cooperate with the investigation,” Zhang said.

“The investigation is ongoing; we will disclose the results to the public in a timely fashion,” the official said, adding that the probe is one of nine launched this year on sectors such as software, tobacco, telecommunications, insurance, tourism and utilities.

The companies involved in the nine investigations include domestic and foreign firms, as well as some state-owned enterprises, the official said.

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