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Danny and Alex acquired collectively late Friday on a Twitter Area to debate Microsoft’s resolution to drag LinkedIn from the Chinese language market, a transfer that lit up headlines around the globe. That LinkedIn was nonetheless in China in 2021 might really feel extra shocking than the information that it’s going to exit that individual market, however the second issues all the identical because it marks the top of an experiment — may a mega-tech firm have a US HQ and a first-party service reside in China?
Er, no, it seems. Not likely.
Microsoft discovered itself jammed between its personal ethics, and governmental censure. It was a lose-lose for the corporate, so pulling the plug was the good transfer. The corporate isn’t going to overlook the income.
For startups, the Microsoft resolution is an efficient reminder that doing enterprise in China is at a minimal very laborious for non-Chinese language firms, and maybe unattainable. Recall that Microsoft needed to work with a Chinese language firm (21Vianet) to get Azure into the nation in any respect, and that the Chinese language authorities is utilizing a couple of firms to construct a brand new OS for the nation in order that it may possibly substitute Home windows.
Exactly how good that OS will show isn’t but clear, a minimum of from a client perspective.
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