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Microsoft switches on Azure in China

Microsoft stole a march on its cloudy rivals today by announcing its Azure cloud services are available in China. Redmond revealed as far back as May 2013 that it had signed a deal with local player 21Vianet to provide Azure in the Middle Kingdom, and it has been around in beta for a few months. However, this week will see the …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2014

Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

The Chinese government has banned Windows 8 from a sizeable chunk of public-sector PCs – capping off a long-running dispute with Microsoft over the company's decision to cut support for XP. The ban was announced by the government's IT procurement agency in a notice posted online on Friday. It was addressed to vendors bidding on …
Jack Clark, 20 May 2014
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China in MONOPOLY PROBE into Microsoft: Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 yuan

Chinese regulators have confirmed they are investigating Microsoft for possible breaches of anti-monopoly laws, following a series of surprise visits to Redmond's offices in cities across China on Monday. In a Chinese-language statement posted to its website on Tuesday (see robo-translation), China's State Administration for …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2014

Microsoft announces new Skype China partner

Microsoft has announced a new JV partner offering Skype services to users in China, but it's likely to continue monitoring text chats and blocking banned keywords according to local laws. Previous China partner TOM wrongly declared earlier this month that Microsoft would be taking sole control of Skype in China from 24 November …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Nov 2013

China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

China has stepped up its war on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system with a report in state-backed media that questions the security of the software. In a one and a half minute segment aired on China's CCTV television channel, journalists reported that the Chinese government is concerned by the security of the Windows 8 …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2014
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Microsoft won't run Skype in China - a new JV partner awaits

Microsoft will not take full control of its popular Skype service in China after the end of its joint venture with TOM, contrary to media reports. Reports suggesting Redmond would step in seem to have stemmed from an inaccurate statement posted by TOM last week that Redmond would be taking the reins from 24 November. The error- …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Nov 2013
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Microsoft floats Azure cloud into China

Microsoft is bringing its Azure cloud to China, although the management of the data center will be done by a local firm. Azure will become available in a public beta within a month, Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer said at a speech in Beijing on Monday, according to Bloomberg. As a condition of bringing Azure into China, Microsoft …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2013
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Microsoft in Chinese burn ENIGMA: Anti-trust agents' 'sudden visit' to offices

Four of Microsoft's offices in China were "visited" by antitrust regulators on Monday, but neither the software and devices giant nor the Chinese government has explained why. "We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect, and we will address any concerns the government may have …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2014
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Microsoft denies reports of scrubbing Chinese-language Bing searches

Microsoft's Bing search engine is returning suspiciously pro-state results for Chinese-language searches even when those searches come from outside of China, activists claim. The Guardian noted that a number of Chinese-language activist blogs are reporting that the results they have been seeing on Bing searches from within the …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Feb 2014
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Ubuntu tapped by China for national operating system

Ubuntu is going to become the reference architecture for a Linux distribution, backed and developed by the Chinese government. The news means Ubuntu-stewards Canonical will work with China's National University of Defense Technology, and The China Software and Integrated Chip Promotions Center, to develop a Chinese-flavored …
Jack Clark, 22 Mar 2013
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Beijing IT biz taunts Microsoft: Show us your licence for Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 customers could be in for a tricky time in China after a Beijing IT company called on Redmond to prove it has the legal authority to operate in the country or risk being blocked. Enterprise IT service provider and Microsoft customer Baihui Zongheng Technology made the calls at a press conference at the China …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Mar 2013
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MSN China shoots for e-retail push to grow business

Microsoft is reportedly set to expand its MSN China business, with a push into the e-commerce space and increased integration with Windows Phone, whilst looking to grow the presence of its Bing search engine in the People’s Republic. Bejing-based consultancy Marbridge Consulting brought the news to the masses courtesy of its …
Phil Muncaster, 23 May 2012

Granny upstages Microsoft, storms stage at Surface launch

The big launch of Microsoft’s Surface slab got off to an inauspicious start in Beijing after an elderly couple invaded the stage in an attempt to halt proceedings. Redmond launched the Windows RT tablet-cum-laptop device at a series of events starting at midnight across the country in partnership with retail giant Suning. …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2012

Microsoft drags 9 resellers to court in fresh piracy blitz

Microsoft has its sights trained on another bunch of Chinese software pirates, this time pitting its formidable resources against nine resellers it said installed illegal copies of Windows onto PCs they sold. Redmond said it started proceedings against the resellers in seven cities across the People’s Republic including Shenzhen …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jul 2012
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Microsoft inks Bing deal with Baidu

China-based Baidu has reportedly inked an English-language search agreement with Microsoft's Bing. According to Reuters, the search deal will help Baidu improve its market presence outside of China, while Microsoft hopes to beef up its online footfall in the People's Republic. Baidu is the leading search engine in China. In …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2011
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Microsoft celebrates the death of IE6

Microsoft is celebrating the news that Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) use in the US has officially dropped below one per cent of internet visits. In March, Microsoft assembled a team to push for the destruction of IE6, and have succeeded in reducing the market footprint of the browser. Currently 7.7 per cent of worldwide internet …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jan 2012
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Microsoft India web store 'hacked by Chinese group'

Microsoft appears to have had its Indian web store broken into and user login credentials stolen by Chinese hackers. Tech site WP Sauce reported on Sunday that the group, which goes by the name Evil Shadow Team, managed to deface the web site, posting an image of a V for Vendetta mask and the message: “Unsafe system will be …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Feb 2012
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Ballmer: no China exit for Microsoft's Bing

Microsoft is following Google into practically everything - except its threat to pull out of the Chinese search market. Chief executive Steve Ballmer says Microsoft has no plans to pull MSN or Bing out of China while professing confusion over Google's claimed reason for its threat, Reuters reports. Last week, Google said it …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jan 2010
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Microsoft China accused of pilfering webcode

A popular Asian microblogging site has accused Microsoft of ripping off its code and interface design to build a new MSN social-networking site in China. Microsoft tells The Reg it's investigating the matter. According to reports, the software giant is suspending access to the MSN site, but it appears it is still online. " …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Dec 2009
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Microsoft sued in China for black screen of death

A Chinese lawyer has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for installing Windows Genuine Advantage on his computer. He has asked the Ministry of Public Security to file criminal charges against Microsoft. Dong Zhengwei accused the company of hacking into people's computers. He said: "I respect the right of Microsoft to …
John Oates, 22 Oct 2008
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China hijacks Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! traffic?

It looks like China is hijacking web traffic from Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!. This morning, TechCrunch reported that at least one China-based visitor to Google Blog Search was redirected to Baidu, a search engine born and bred in the Far East, and the Silicon Valley uber-blog soon tossed up a second post that said much the …
Cade Metz, 18 Oct 2007

MS, Chinese boffins team up on Kinect-powered sign language recog

Microsoft researchers are working with Chinese boffins to tap the XBox 360 Kinect motion sensor's body-tracking capabilities to provide sign language recognition capabilities for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Members of the Microsoft Research Asia team have produced a new paper (PDF, 2 pages, abstract) - Sign Language …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jul 2013
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Mozilla CEO exits just as Firefox mobiles roll out

Mozilla's chief executive is stepping down amid a re-positioning of the managerial brass after barely two years into a mission to take Firefox mobile. Gary Kovacs, appointed Mozilla's third CEO in November 2010, will vacate his position "later this year" with the Firefox shop now beginning a search for a brand-new chief …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2013

Chinese gov splurges £102 MILLION to replace pirated software

The Chinese government has put its money where its mouth is, spending around US$160 million (£102m) to replace pirated software in central and provincial government offices with the real thing. The outlay comes as part of the second phase of a national plan to stamp out software piracy in the public sector, according to the …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Jul 2012
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Microsoft and Novell to push SuSE Linux sales in China

Microsoft and Novell yesterday announced plans to extend their interoperability alliance by tapping into the increasingly lucrative Chinese market. The software companies said in a joint statement that they were placing "particular emphasis" on the People's Republic to jointly market and sell Novell's SuSE Linux distribution in …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2008
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Microsoft cops to webcode theft

Microsoft has admitted that its new Chinese microblogging service used webcode pilfered from a similar service popular elsewhere in Asia. On Monday, as reported by The Reg, Asian microblogging site Plurk accused Microsoft China of pilfering its code for a new social-networking feature known as Juku on the Chinese MSN site. …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Dec 2009
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Microsoft faces second 'black screen' lawsuit

A second Chinese man has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft demanding it remove a notice from his computer accusing him of using illegally copied software. He is not seeking damages, but Dong Zhengwei who brought a case last week is suggesting a fine of $1bn is in order. Microsoft introduced its Windows Genuine Advantage …
John Oates, 28 Oct 2008
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Microsoft deletes 'freedom' and 'democracy' in China

Microsoft has bowed to Beijing's political censors and has banned the use of the words "freedom" and "democracy" on some areas of its Chinese internet portal, along with a host of other politically sensitive words such as "Taiwan independence" and "demonstration". According to the Financial Times, portal operators have imposed …
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Jun 2005
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Java-centric video house moves to Azure

Australian cloud based online video platform Movideo has hooked up with Microsoft in a four year strategic technology agreement that will see the IPTV aspirant deploy its wares globally. Movideo, which is part of the ASX listed content company, the MCM Entertainment Group, will migrate its integrated online video platform to …
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Moody's downgrades Nokia to near-junk status

Ratings agency Moody's has lowered its debt rating for Nokia to near junk status, and warned that the company is facing even tougher times ahead. In a note to investors today Moody's cut the world's largest mobile handset manufacturer's rating from Baa2 to Baa3, its lowest rating for investment grade stock. While the trigger …
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2012
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Encryption rules threaten China Win2k launch

Microsoft is facing more trouble in selling Windows 2000 in mainland China, because Chinese restrictions imposed last October forbid the use of foreign encryption products. Microsoft is due to roll out Win2k in China on 20 March, and in January announced that, er, "the Windows 2000 operating system will be the first platform …
John Lettice, 17 Feb 2000
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YaGoogleSoft! adopt voluntary 'code of ethics'

The US's Center for Democracy & Technology has announced that after two years of negotiations, Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft will in the next few days adopt a voluntary code of ethics "intended to safeguard online freedom of speech around the world". The big three joined the initiative early last year and promised to work towards …
Lester Haines, 28 Oct 2008
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High prices, false steps help Windows lose to Linux in China

When Bill Gates was questioned about Chinese support for Linux during an interview with Red Herring recently, he claimed that "our fastest growing server business is in China", which was surprising. Gates was also extremely upset when the interviewer suggested that the Chinese liked Linux: "What the heck are you talking about? …
Graham Lea, 08 Aug 2000
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MS denies helping Beijing nail cyberdissident

Microsoft has denied helping Chinese authorities obtain evidence against a local journalist charged with sending "subversive" emails from a Hotmail account. Li Yuanlong, 45, is accused of sending opinion pieces that "fabricated, distorted and exaggerated facts, incited to subvert the state and sought to overthrow the socialist …
John Leyden, 07 Mar 2006
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Chinese PC makers told to install legal OS

The Chinese government is calling on computer manufacturers to make sure their machines include a legal operating system before they leave the factory. The order was given in a notice issued jointly by the Ministry of Information Industry, the State Copyright Bureau, and the Ministry of Commerce. The notice says all computers …
John Oates, 12 Apr 2006
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Bill Gates says nothing… at great length

His Billness lived up to his Register nickname today as he flew into Taipei International causing havoc in the airport and then breezed into the International Convention Centre to the sound of snapper's flash bulbs flashing and video cameras whirring furiously. More seasoned hacks sharpened their pencils hoping he'd actually …
Mike Magee, 13 Jun 2000