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UPDATE: Chinese Regulator Sets Microsoft $MSFT Deadline to Explain Alleged Monopoly

This article was originally published on September 1, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Summary:

  • The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has discussed Microsoft’s (US: MSFT) alleged monopoly with VP Shi Chen, reports Yicai.com.
  • The regulator has required a formal written explanation from Microsoft within 20 days.

Why It Matters:

  • Mao Zhang, the chairman of the SAIC, says Microsoft hasn’t revealed detailed information for Windows and Office software and claims that Microsoft is binding the sales of its operating system with other software including web browsers and video players.
  • Yicai believes that in setting the deadline, the SAIC will not let Microsoft pass the investigation. However, if Microsoft actively cooperates with the regulator, it might receive a lower penalty. Last month Selerity reported that the SAIC had warned Microsoft not to intervene in its investigation. This was based on a report that Microsoft was likely to prevent the SAIC from talking to some staff by saying they were out of the country or couldn’t be reached.
  • Another article suggests that Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella plans to visit China at the end of September and is expected to talk with the SAIC over the ongoing investigation.

Referencing: [SGI] UPDATE: SAIC Warns Microsoft (MSFT) Not To Intervene in Investigation for Alleged Monopoly