Some even read that Microsoft has recently urgently revised the agreement, implying that it will not be responsible if the software is not supplied to China.
b. For circumstances beyond Microsofts reasonable control (e.g., labor disputes, force majeure, acts of war or terrorism, malicious damage, accidents, or compliance with any applicable
In the view of some people, behind these terms, it means that if the U.S. government forbids Microsoft to provide services to Chinese institutions or individuals, Microsoft needs to comply with and will not compensate. The services provided by Microsoft may also be terminated due to local laws in the United States.
What is the truth?
This agreement has been in place for a long time
According to media reports, from the key agreement update time, there is an over interpretation of the matter on the Internet. This no responsibility clause has been issued at least on July 1, 2019. It is not because of the emergency measures taken by Microsoft to prevent the wave and its own measures taken by the trump government to suppress tiktok and wechat recently, but a conventional way for multinational companies to avoid political risks in actual business operations. After all, the US did not launch sanctions in the near future.
In the limitation of liability option in the Microsoft Service Agreement, it is true that Microsoft shall not be liable or liable for any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations due to circumstances beyond Microsofts reasonable control (such as labor disputes, force majeure, acts of war or terrorism, malicious damage, accident or compliance with any applicable law or government order) Business. Microsoft will do its best to reduce the impact of these events and fulfill the unaffected obligations.
But in fact, this is not the latest agreement of Microsoft. The text expression is completely consistent with the content released by Microsoft on July 1, 2019. It is also understood that Microsoft has quoted relevant expressions at least in 2016.
In addition, there are 14 new contents in the updated service agreement of Microsoft, but most of them are the changes of relevant business line content regulations, and similar expressions such as do not support Windows services are not found.
Some netizens have analyzed that the most fearless thing for several major U.S. technology giants is Microsofts interruption of supply. Take a look at the revenue composition of Microsoft. At present, the largest public cloud is azure. However, this business has not entered the ranks of mainstream suppliers in China. You can see the report of partner Century Internet. The second is office products and related cloud services (i.e. offic365), and finally windows. If Microsoft cut off the supply, the worst case is that there is no sense of existence in China. Azure will close down completely, office will return to the era of free version of single machine, and windows will return to the era of free. Young people dont know how many public relations actions Microsoft made in order to promote the legalization. If Microsoft dares to cut off the supply, it will have no effect on most people (you didnt use legitimate office and windows), so dont listen to the wind and rain.
Byte runout clarification
In addition to Microsoft, there is also a rumor about byte skipping.
Because of tiktok, they had a big fight in front of trump
According to the Washington Post on August 9, at the Oval Office of the White House last weekend, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven mnuchin and white house senior trade adviser Peter Navarro broke out a heated argument on tiktok related topics. And trump was watching.
At the time, Mr. mnuchin insisted that tiktok should be sold to a US company, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. mnuchin has talked with Microsoft executives many times, and he believes he has gained support within the White House for Microsofts acquisition of tiktok.
However, Navarro immediately counterattacked, calling for a total ban on tiktok and accusing mnuchin of being too moderate and weak towards China. People familiar with the matter said Mr. mnuchin appeared surprised by Navarros remarks.
A former U.S. government official described to the media, I think Trumps instinct is to be aggressive towards China. Navarro, like the devil on Trumps shoulders, is saying, just do it, do it. Mr. mnuchin is more like a governor trying to slow things down - he might think, what about Wall Street? What about the second stage of trade negotiations?
Over the past few days, Trumps attitude toward tiktok has been volatile. At the end of July, trump threatened to ban tiktok and said he did not want us companies to buy tiktok. As a result, the acquisition negotiations between Microsoft and tiktok were once suspended.
On August 6, after allowing the acquisition negotiations between Microsoft and tiktok to continue, trump signed an administrative order requiring tiktok not to sell its assets in the United States within 45 days, which would lead to a ban. According to CNN, the row between Mr. mnuchin and Mr. Navarro took place just before the executive order was signed. Recently, the trump administration has been suppressing tiktok and forcing it to sell assets on the grounds of so-called national security. On August 8, national public radio (NPR) quoted people familiar with the situation saying tiktok would sue the trump administration on the ban as soon as next Tuesday. NPR said tiktok will charge in the prosecution that Trumps direct signing of the executive order is suspected of violating the U.S. Constitution because it does not give tiktok any chance to respond. In addition, the prosecution alleges that the national security reasons cited by the trump administration in the executive order are groundless. Source: China fund daily Author: Taylor, editor in charge: Wang Xiaowu_ NF
Recently, the trump administration has been suppressing tiktok and forcing it to sell assets on the grounds of so-called national security. On August 8, national public radio (NPR) quoted people familiar with the situation saying tiktok would sue the trump administration on the ban as soon as next Tuesday.
NPR said tiktok will charge in the prosecution that Trumps direct signing of the executive order is suspected of violating the U.S. Constitution because it does not give tiktok any chance to respond. In addition, the prosecution alleges that the national security reasons cited by the trump administration in the executive order are groundless.