Microsoft Declines To Change China Approach

Ballmer on leaving: "I don't understand how that helps anything."

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In case you were wondering, Microsoft doesn’t plan to let the whole Google-China brouhaha affect its business strategy.  Steve Ballmer recently indicated that his company will more or less stay the course and throw Bing into the regional mix.

Part of the reason behind this decision might be that Microsoft hasn’t bought into the theory that China’s government participated in the hack that upset Google.  Or that it just felt unthreatened by it.

Ballmer told Reuters, "We’re attacked every day from all parts of the world and I think everybody else is too.  We didn’t see anything out of the ordinary."

But whether Microsoft’s good at defending itself or simply dense, there’s little question that it’s sticking around in China.  In response to a question about leaving the country, Ballmer didn’t give a "maybe" or a "we’ll see."  He said, "No."  The CEO then continued, "I don’t understand how that helps anything.  I don’t understand how that helps us and I don’t understand how that helps China."

Look for Bing to come out of beta and see a wide release in China in the near-ish future, then.

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  • Steve Real

    Ballmer you are a fool.
    This is the Chinese government stealing US intellectual property
    from Rolls-Royce to Northrop Grumman,
    through your company may I remind you.

    You are too casual, you ass,
    about the whole damned thing!

    • donkihoto

      from my personal experiance,i understand i support your comments !
      thumbs up ! i express full support on your thinking .

  • Guest

    You are a fool to quickly point finger at the Chinese government without any proof. Innocent until proven guilty, isn’t it the American law?

    Google CEO was obviously visited by some U.S. agents days before this “incident” to start this shit talking to help the government to divert attention from many other issues at the same time serve as another daily China-bashing propaganda.

    For all we know, it can be some Americans who used proxy to have their hacking origin appeared as from China…
    Hack lesson #1 – hide your true location…

    • donkihoto

      i do agree with you ! thumbs up !

  • http://www.crearecommunications.co.uk Amelia

    I don’t think Microsoft is wrong not to pull out of China – the security hacks were never one their customers / users but against Google’s users. And the thorney issue as to where the hacks originated hasn’t been resolved, like a previous commenter has already said – the hacks could be from anywhere, and may not be fom China in the first place (though I suspect Google has good grounds for their suspicion or they wouldn’t have made the difficult decisions they made last week…)

    I guess what I’m saying is that there are many shades of gray in this and it’s not a block and white situation…

  • http://www.controldatainc.com Agency collection

    After living in china for 4 years I believe their government will do anything. Corruption runs china. The corruption is so bad that even the black market money exchange has its own office in at the banks!

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