Although China runs on pirated versions of Windows XP, the government has forbidden its civil servants from using anything more modern than Windows 7. The idea being that it will be releasing a homegrown version of Linux which it will expect everyone to use.
At the same time, the Chinese are investigating Redmond for playing monopoly behind the bamboo curtain.
Nadella has a lot to talk about with the government, although it is not clear if he will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve problems with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China’s antitrust regulators.
Foreign CEOs often pay calls on the world’s second-largest economy to strengthen business and political ties and Nadella is following Qualcomm’s President Derek Aberle who also looked to end his company’s woes in China.
The shy and retiring Steve Ballmer, did occasionally go to China in his 14 years as CEO, but that was mostly to speak loudly and carry a soft stick about piracy. Ballmer sulked in 2011 that Microsoft got more revenue in the Netherlands than China.