Microsoft declined to comment on why a legion of investigators went through their offices July 28. American tech companies have been under pressure in China after five Chinese hackers were indicted in the U.S. two months ago. Beijing has also accused Microsoft of violating monopoly laws. Some state media have suggested that Microsoft, as well as Apple products, could be used to spy on Chinese users.
Chinese media said that the investigations took place in offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. This is coming at the same time that Microsoft is increasingly trying to enter the Chinese market. Despite the setbacks, Microsoft management is trying to broadcast optimism and willingness to placate government suspicions.