Microsoft Says Its Internet Services Blocked in China

Microsoft Corp. said its Internet services, such as the new search engine and Hotmail e-mail, have been blocked in China.
The world’s largest software maker is contacting the Chinese government for an explanation and to try to get the services restored, Kevin Kutz, Director of Public Affairs at Microsoft, said in an e-mailed statement.

China has 298 million Internet users, the largest in the world, according to a report earlier this year from the country’s state-run network information center. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which ended after the Chinese army killed hundreds of civilians and student protesters.

Microsoft was unchanged at $21.40 at 4:30 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The stock has gained 10 percent this year.

BY Dina Bass

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