Microsoft Bing, which already has a rich history of catering to the Chinese government in Chinese language searches, has struck a deal with Baidu to assist the heavily censored China-based search engine with its English language results, the New York Times reports.
From the Times:
Google continues to be available on the mainland, though its search engine, which operates in English and Chinese, was moved last year to Hong Kong, where Beijing’s censorship rules do not apply. But lately, Google’s search engine and its e-mail service, Gmail, have become more difficult to connect to on the mainland. The company, which is based in Mountain View, California, has blamed the Chinese government for interfering with its operations.
For Microsoft, it could be an opportunity.