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This week, Microsoft’s turn to go to Beijing

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>> A few weeks ago, Tim Cook made a trip to Mainland China. This week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be paying his respects in Beijing. His visit comes as China's anti-trust probe into the company rolls into its third year and a source telling Reuters Nadella is expected to put it on the table.
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Reuters global tech editor, Johnathan Webber.>> There's kind of an irony in the Microsoft relationship with China in particular, which is that Microsoft products are heavily used in China, but they are mostly pirated. So that has also always been a concern on Microsoft's part about doing business with China.
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They're very eager for the Chinese government to take a much harder line on piracy. So that's sort of their side of the negotiation, I guess, is to encourage more respect for intellectual property.>> Foreign firms have come under scrutiny as China seeks to enforce a 2008 anti-monopoly law which some critics say is being used to unfairly target overseas businesses.
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To make it worse, Microsoft has also taken a public beating in China's media in the past few days over the involuntary Windows 10 upgrades. Nadella's visit though won't be like Tim Cook's mission for Apple.>> The situation is a little different with Apple because Apple is, it depends on China for more than a third of its revenue at this point.
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It's difficult to copy an iPhone. So, they don't have that same set of concerns. For Microsoft, the amount of revenue they get from China is much less significant in the scheme of things, but obviously, they see the market as crucially important over the long run.>> The visit comes as Microsoft plans to shut its MSN China portal next week, but the company said it is still deeply committed to China.