While Microsoft (News - Alert) would like to pretend that the only news surrounding the company these days is good news, the firm has plenty of problems on the horizon. While the company gets ready to release the Xbox One, it also has to deal with very serious charges being leveled against it. The U.S. government has actually expanded a probe into Microsoft that is looking into allegations as to whether or not the company and its partners might have bribed officials in order to strike deals with Russia and Pakistan.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft will not specifically acknowledge that there is an investigation ongoing but did say that if there was such a probe, it would cooperate fully.
"As previously stated, we take every allegation seriously, and we cooperate fully in any government inquiries," John Frank of Microsoft, said in a statement published on the firm's blog yesterday. "Like other large companies with operations around the world, we sometimes receive allegations about potential misconduct by employees or business partners, and we investigate them fully, regardless of the source."
The company had previously been accused of bribing government officials in China, Italy and Romania so these particular charges are hardly something that is brand new for the firm. The newspaper reports the crimes this time around include that Microsoft had authorized a consulting firm to pay for a five-day junket to Egypt for a Pakistani official. The point of paying for this junket was apparently to try to win a three-year contract with the country to use Microsoft Office.
In Russia, a tipster has said that Microsoft had given kickbacks to government representatives in return for another contract. Apparently, it appears that Microsoft was first told about these situations in the spring and the company has been running an internal investigation in addition to the one being carried out by the U.S. government.