Chinese authorities on Tuesday confirmed they are investigating U.S. software giant
Nearly 100 agents from
The coordinated raids came in response to complaints by unnamed corporations about
The company's failure to "completely make public relevant information about its Windows operating system and Office software has created compatibility issues" for the complainants, the agency said.
It also cited issues with
During the raid, the agency copied contracts, financial documents and corporate communications, and seized two computers.
Agents also questioned the vice president, top managers and marketing and finance staff.
Several of the employees targeted by the investigation, however, were out of the country or unreachable, the agency said, preventing it from completing its inquiry.
It has asked them to report to its offices "as quickly as possible" for questioning.
Virtually all Chinese computers run some version of Microsoft Windows, and many of the country's online services, such as Internet banking, cannot be used with other software.
Since at least 2000,
The move was the first in a series of jabs at U.S. IT companies, following a U.S. decision in May to charge five Chinese military officers with cyber-spying.
State media have also made a sport of painting companies such as
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