5月16號，中共當局規定，政府機關在採購招標中，針對所有電腦類產品，不准安裝「Windows 8作業系統」。外界指出，這項禁令與「Win8」不利國家資訊安全有關，「Win 8」允許用戶透過雲端共用內容，不僅容易導致政府資訊外洩，「微軟」對「Win 8」的控制力增強，也讓中共官方擔憂「難以管控內容」。
去年7月，「蘋果公司」從應用程式發佈平臺「App Store」，移除手機翻牆軟件「Open Door」。11月，「蘋果」再次順從中共當局的要求，針對大陸用戶移除了「自由微博」(FreeWeibo)。
採訪/田淨 編輯/陳潔 後製/舒燦
China Conducts Anti-Trust Investigation Against Microsoft
Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou
and Chengdu were raided by China’s State Administration
for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) on July 28.
On July 29 SAIC announced its investigation
against Microsoft for alleged monopolistic practices.
Analysts pointed out that to prevent monopolistic practices,
the regime should have probed into its state-owned
But to force major international firms to follow its orders,
the Communist regime has used various approaches
such as coercion and temptations.
According to Sina Technology Website, a large number
of SAIC agents entered Microsoft’s offices located in Beijing,
Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu on the morning
of July 28.
In addition to taking away various documents and two
computers, they also questioned Microsoft’s employees.
On the evening of July 28, Microsoft China’s personnel
revealed to Sina Technology Website that the sudden
and unannounced investigation this time was because
someone complained to SAIC that Microsoft was in violation
of China’s Anti-monopoly Law.
The source also said that SAIC agents did not disclose any
further information, nor explain who the complainant was.
Shortly afterward, in a brief statement Microsoft China
expressed that it would fully cooperate with the investigation
conducted by the authorities.
On July 29, SAIC announced that it has conducted an
investigation against Microsoft for its monopolistic practices.
Chinese social problem researcher Zhang Jian: “It is very
strange to conduct this thorough investigation against
Microsoft, as Microsoft’s contribution to the Internet
around the world is obvious.
If the regime really wants to do something, it should first
investigate its markets fraught with pirated Microsoft
software, so as to protect intellectual property rights."
People in the industry believe that Microsoft is very likely
to be accused on the charge of “abuse of dominant market
position" and other monopoly-related charges.
It was reported that Microsoft has no longer provided
technical support for its XP operating system since April
this year, leading to nearly 200 million computers in China
facing security risks.
Some experts pointed out at the time that Microsoft violated
the provision of China’s Anti-monopoly Law.
Chinese business consultant He Junqiao: “In terms
of monopolistic practices, China’s state-owned enterprises,
such as China National Petroleum Corporation,
China Telecom, China Mobile, have no rivals.
Among the so-called Fortune 500 businesses in China,
how many of them are not a monopoly enterprise?
The alleged antitrust investigation may simply be an excuse,
and it is very likely that the case is related to the so-called
On May 16, the Chinese authorities ordered that Windows 8
operating system was not allowed to be installed
in all computer products among government procurement
It is believed that the ban has something to do with the fact
that Win8 is not good for China’s national information security.
Win 8 allows users to share information with others through
Not only can it result in the leakage of government
information, but Microsoft’s greater control over its Win 8
also lead to Chinese officials’ worries about the “difficulties
in controlling information."
Microsoft is the latest foreign-funded enterprise that
encountered antitrust investigation.
Prior to that, the National Development
and Reform Commission have conducted an antitrust
investigation against the world’s largest mobile phone
chip maker, Qualcomm Incorporated.
Qualcomm was being accused of abusing of its market
dominance for illegal profits, and faced more
than one billion U.S. dollars of fines.
Zhang Jian pointed out that China’s investigation against
Microsoft is the same as its punishment against Apple last year.
Zhang Jian, “The reasons why China investigates
these major companies are nothing more than to
make these companies become its spokespersons
Second, make these companies support China behind
the scenes of the international arena through their influence
in their own countries;
Thirdly, kidnap these big companies with a variety of threats
and inducements, so that they listen to China’s orders
when they are in China."
In March 2013, state media CCTV has criticized the Apple,
People’s Daily also accused Apple’s after-sale services has
different standard in China’ for 3 consecutive days.
On March 27, People’s Daily even posted an article
to criticize Apple.
A few days later, Apple took the initiative to delete
the ‘Classic Book’ app which allows Chinese readers
to see the ten books forbidden by China.
In July 2013, Apple removed the ‘Open Door’ from its
app release platform, ‘App Store.’
It is a software that breaks Internet blocks on mobile phone.
In November, Apple followed CCP’s order again,
and removed the free Weibo service for mainland users.
The investigation against Microsoft had caused a heated
Some netizens wrote, ‘China Enterprises are smiling.’
Some other netizens stated, ‘Where did the world’s largest
piracy market get its courage to investigate Apple?’
There are also netizens questioned, ‘After Qualcomm
and Microsoft being investigated, who will be the next?’
Interview/TianJin Edit/ChenJie Post-Production/ShuCan