Menu
Microsoft shutting down its MSN portal in China

Microsoft shutting down its MSN portal in China

Content sites are under scrutiny in the country, with Apple’s books and movie services shut down

Microsoft is shutting down its MSN portal in China from June 7, as pressure appears to be building up on content services from foreign companies in a country that already bans access to Facebook and Twitter.

The Redmond, Washington-based software giant, however, continues to be committed to the Chinese market, offering a range of products including Windows 10, cloud services, and hosting the largest research and development center outside of the U.S, it said in a statement released to news outlets.

Microsoft did not give a reason for shutting down the news and lifestyle portal.

A Chinese regulator ordered Apple to shut down its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies barely six months after the services were launched in the country. The company has promised to get the services back online soon. China is Apple’s second largest market by revenue.

U.S. tech companies have been under pressure to comply with Chinese Internet regulations and censorship. The Microsoft site has also lost ground to local players like Sina, which operates a Twitter-like social network called Sina Weibo, and Sohu, which runs the Chinese search engine Sogou.com, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

The company has meanwhile been expanding in the Chinese market through a number of tie-ups with local companies. It announced an agreement last year with its Beijing cloud partner 21Vianet, and IT company Unisplendour to provide custom hybrid cloud solutions and services to Chinese customers, with a focus on state-owned enterprises.

Microsoft also tied with state-owned China Electronics Technology Group to support the configuration, deployment and maintenance of localized Windows 10 for Chinese users in government institutions and critical infrastructure state-owned enterprises, and announced that Chinese search engine Baidu.com would become the default search and homepage for Chinese users of the Microsoft Edge browser in the Windows 10 operating system.

The company has also fallen foul of local authorities in some cases. China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce indicated earlier this year that a 2014 antitrust probe into the company continues.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments