Microsoft notched several deals with Chinese companies to push Windows. It'll even replace its Bing search engine with Baidu in China. Fred Katayama reports.
Microsoft announced some partnerships with Chinese companies after Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife visited its headquarters in Seattle. It's pushing harder for greater adoption of Windows in China. The software giant will even drop its own Bing search engine and make Baidu the default engine instead for Chinese users of its new Edge browser. Baidu is the Google of China that dominates the online search market there. Microsoft also said it would partner with two state owned companies on cloud technology and configuring and maintaining a localized version of Windows. Investors brushed off the deals, selling off Microsoft's shares in early trading amid a downdraft in the broader markets. Companies like Microsoft and Cisco are quickly forming partnerships with Chinese firms. The Chinese central government has banned government agencies from buying Windows as well as security software from other companies, and Microsoft's trying to change that with its latest moves. It took those actions after U.S. government contractor Edward Snowden alleged Washington had spied on China using American high tech goods and data.