Microsoft's Chinese offices raided over alleged antitrust allegations
Chinese media reports suggest the investigation could focus on Microsoft's "de facto monopoly" in China's OS market.
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An antitrust investigation is apparently the cause for a recent raid that shook up Microsoft's offices in China.
On Monday, China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce visited Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu. The officials reportedly took away documents and computers but didn't reveal the reason behind the investigation.
In a story published Tuesday by Chinese-based Sina News, Microsoft China told a reporter for the Beijing News that the SAIC investigation relates to antitrust issues. The specific reason still isn't clear, and Microsoft has said simply that it will cooperate with the investigation and answer any related questions.