China gives Microsoft deadline to explain software problems

By Dow Jones newswires

Chinese officials gave Microsoft Corp a deadline to explain what they called compatibility and bundling issues with its software, putting pressure on the software maker as it faces an antitrust probe into its business practices in China.

China's state-controlled Xinhua news agency said Monday that other businesses complained that Microsoft "used tie-in sales and verification codes" with Windows and Office in a way that may have broken the antitrust law.

The agency required Microsoft to explain "problems like incompatibility and other issues caused by a lack of released information about its Windows and Office software," it said.

It has released few details into the Microsoft probe, saying that it was responding to complaints from other businesses about Microsoft's Windows operating system and its Office productivity software.

Read more here: Business Spectator


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