China gives Microsoft 20 days to explain bundling strategy


A Chinese regulator has given Microsoft Corp [fortune-stock symbol=”MSFT”] 20 days to reply to its concerns about the antitrust implications of its marketing of its Windows and Office software.

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce said in a short statement on its website that it questioned Microsoft’s senior director for strategic sourcing David Chen and would expect a written reply from the company within 20 days.

SAIC also repeated that it suspected the company has not fully disclosed issues relating to the compatibility of the software and the operating system, according to Reuters.

Microsoft said in a statement of its own that it was “serious about complying with China’s laws and committed to addressing SAIC’s questions and concerns.”

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella is expected to visit China later September, although there are no precise details of that trip yet.

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