Microsoft: In Trouble in China?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on August 4, 2008

I just read a report saying that Microsoft may end up being the first defendant in a lawsuit stemming from a new Chinese anti-monopoly law that went into effect on Aug. 1. Apparently, a number of Chinese IT companies are paging through the new law trying to figure out the best way to tackle the software giant.

Is Microsoft in trouble? I should think not. While its software is widely used in China, much of it has been pirated. According to this article, more than eight of every 10 pieces of software sold in that country are pirated. While Microsoft Windows may be a mainstay in China, last year, the Redmond giant earned less revenue in that country than in California, according to this story. China, which Bill Gates had said would eventually become Microsoft’s largest market, currently accounts for less than 5% of the company’s global sales. just can’t see how rival IT companies can zero in on Microsoft in a situation like that.

Reader Comments

Rich

August 5, 2008 10:41 AM

Olga, you're saying Microsoft is not in trouble. Isn't a lawsuit a different problem for them than pirated software?

Reader

August 6, 2008 9:13 AM

David

August 6, 2008 11:01 AM

Rich,


Are you an idiot? Please read the story before posting your comment next time.

Seriously, read the piece from start to finish. Get out a dictionary if you need to look up some of the big words like "monopoly." Digest it all. Then decide whether to start typing up a comment...otherwise, you're just going to go on proving that there are such things as "dumb questions."

On this particular article, here's a hint: NO. Olga is saying that the piracy problem IS RELATED to their lawsuit problem.

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