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China: Microsoft offers Windows for free after threat of antitrust probe

 |  March 22, 2015

Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, on March 18-19 held its WinHEC meeting in China’s Shenzhen, aiming to display its free Windows 10 operating system.

The offer of the free OS is likely the result of a compromise with Chinese authorities after several raids of Microsoft’s China offices last year by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce for “antitrust violations.”

“The Windows 10 upgrade will bring with us a very good opportunity to give clients and users a very good experience,” said Terry Myerson, vice president of Microsoft’s operating system division.Microsoft hopes to earn profits from additional applications, offered on the free OS, said Myerson.


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