Microsoft fined by China

Microsoft campusThe Chinese antitrust authorities have fined Microsoft and a Chinese firm for breaking antitrust rules.

But Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, will not be too worried because it was fined $31,430 along with its Chinese firm BesTV.

The offence, according to Reuters, was that both failed to tell antitrust regulators that a joint venture exceeded a threshold laid down by the authorities.

The two companies formed a JV in 2013 in an attempt to popularise the Xbox in China.

China is apparently taking a much dimmer view of Microsoft which is alleged to breach antitrust rules with its operating system and Office software.

That investigation isn’t yet complete but if China does fine Microsoft it is probably going to be for a lot more than $31,430.