Chinese officials gave Microsoft Corp. MSFT, +1.23% a deadline to explain what they called compatibility and bundling issues with its software, putting pressure on the software maker as it faces an antitrust probe into its business practices here.
In a statement posted on its website Monday, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce said the U.S. company should issue a written explanation within 20 days.
The agency required Microsoft to explain “problems like incompatibility and other issues caused by a lack of released information about its Windows and Office software,” it said.
In the brief statement, the agency said it issued the deadline in a meeting with Microsoft personnel Monday. Those attending the meeting included David Chen, a Microsoft vice president who oversees legal and corporate affairs in China, it said.
In a statement, Microsoft said: “We strictly adhere to the relevant laws and rules in China and we have been actively cooperating with the SAIC’s investigation.”