After raiding Microsoft's offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu last month due to issues with "compatibility, bundling and document authentication", Chinese regulators are now targeting the Redmond-based giant's web browser and media player.
This isn't the first time Microsoft drew ire from regulators for bundling Windows Media Player with Windows, as the organisation faced a 1.4 billion euro fine back in 2004 from European Union authorities. It similarly settled with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2001 in an antitrust case that centred around bundling Internet Explorer.
Zhang Mao, the head of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, one of China's three anti-monopoly regulators, told journalists that Microsoft has not been fully transparent regarding its Windows and Office sales, and that he believed that the organization was still withholding information. He did mention that Microsoft was willing to cooperate with Chinese authorities in their investigation, the results of which will be disclosed "to the public in a timely fashion."
The Chinese government is undertaking measures to curb Microsoft's influence in the country by banning government purchases of Windows 8 over security concerns, and by launching the groundwork for its own PC desktop operating system, which is set to launch later this year.
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