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China lets Microsoft off

by on20 June 2008


No anti-trust probe

Chinese Mandarins have denied that they are planning to take Microsoft to the cleaners for breaking anti-trust rules.

The rumors were widely reported earlier this week, but China’s intellectual property bureau issued a formal denial this morning. Of course, what the denial did not say was that a new anti-monopoly law will take effect August 1 that has a loosely defined and low threshold for the government to initiate an official investigation.

It means that Microsoft will be highly vulnerable to such a complaint and will almost certainly be investigated. It is also likely to be the first target that Beijing will test the teeth of its new anti-monopoly law.
Last modified on 20 June 2008
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