back to article Microsoft says ciao to Xiaoice: Formerly unpatriotic Chinese teenager sim flies the nest

Microsoft has kicked a five-year-old out onto the cold, hard Chinese streets by spinning off its Xiaobing (or Xiaoice) business. Dr Shen Xiangyang will be the chairman of the new company and Li Di (GM for Xiaobing in Microsoft's Software and Technology Center of Asia) will take on CEO duties. Microsoft will have a stake in the …

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    Retreating from future conflict?

    Is this the first step of Microsoft withdrawing operations from China in advance of the looming technological and trade war? At some point the trade embargo is going to block its normal business

    1. Notas Badoff

      Re: Retreating from future conflict?

      I think it is more like creating plausible deniability, as in, "no, that's an independent company that did/allowed/fostered that terrible thing you are threatening nuclear war over."

      Interesting problem though, this distancing yourself from a situation you rushed into without thought. China here. What was that Obama quote? Something about careful, careless, ...

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        Re: Retreating from future conflict?

        A bit like IBM (or its previous identity) and its German tabulation business and calculating machines

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