Microsoft faces probe

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 August, 2008, 12:00am


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The Ministry of Commerce has accepted an appeal that claimed Microsoft Corp broke the country's newly promulgated anti-monopoly law, a move likely to start an investigation into the United States software giant, according to the Legal Daily.

Dong Zhengwei, a lawyer with Tang Law Group, sent a letter to the ministry, the National Development and Reform Commission and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce on July 31, a day before the country's first anti-monopoly law took effect, calling on Beijing to fine Microsoft US$1 billion for alleged anti-competitive practices.

The foreign investment department under the ministry had started to deal with the matter, the paper reported.

It has been speculated that mainland firms would be organised to file lawsuits against Microsoft and several other large software companies after the new law came into effect.

The US firm is the mainland's No1 software vendor and has faced investigations by competition authorities in other jurisdictions before.