News Update: Microsoft Pushes Forward in China Despite Censo

Reuters reported Friday that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) plans to continue with its development strategy for the Chinese Internet search market regardless of the outcome of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) high-profile tiff with Beijing.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said previously that his company had no plans to pull out of China, making it clear that the company was unlikely to follow Google's lead in refusing to self-censor sensitive topics on its Chinese site.

"Regardless of whether or not Google stays, we will aggressively promote our search and cloud computing (in China)," Zhang Yaqin, chairman of Microsoft's Asia-Pacific R&D Group, told Reuters on Friday.