China Investigates Microsoft

This week, China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) sent investigators to four Microsoft offices to begin an official investigation into the company. Chinese officials claim that the US company helped the US government cyberhack against China.

Microsoft has said that the company will actively cooperate with the government. A spokesperson also said that the company focuses on products with the features, security, and reliability that customers come to expect from them. The offices that were investigated were located in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu.

Microsoft, along with Apple and other Western companies, are often attacked by the state media, which emphasize nationalist sentiment and oppose the use of US technology and companies. In May, the central government offices were banned from installing Windows 8 on new computers. The state media implied that Windows 8 was stealing information on Chinese citizens. Another program recently called the Apple iPhone a national security threat because of features that track and time stamp the phone’s location.