Microsoft staying in China despite Google spat

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Microsoft has kept a relatively low profile in China since Google announced its decision to potentially withdraw from the market over censorship issues and following an attack on its systems that it believes originated in China.

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer previously said his company had no plans to pull out of China, indicating it was unlikely to follow Google's lead in challenging a Chinese system that forces Internet firms to self censor their sites on sensitive topics

Microsoft will stick to its development strategy for the China Internet search market regardless of the outcome of Google's spat with Beijing.

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