Irony: Microsoft accuses Google of antitrust violations

By Jos · 15 replies
Apr 1, 2011
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  1. Microsoft has filed a formal complaint with the European Union Commission accusing Google of abusing its position as the region's dominant search engine. In a blog post enumerating the company's objections, Microsoft chief counsel Brad Smith cited several examples of Google's alleged unfair business practices, including using its ownership of YouTube to disadvantage competitors' search results and preventing advertisers from porting data to competing ad platforms.

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  2. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    This was exactly what Paul Thurrott predicted; most tech journalists would play the irony angle.

    It takes time for a company of Microsoft's size to change its behavior, but you can see that they have visually taken strides. I think anti-competive behavior is going to be a trapping for any publicly owned company that holds a great stake in the market it serves.

    Nevertheless, Microsoft has brought up some interesting acusations (from other articles I have read), that if true does seem to be anti-competitive behavior on Google's part. If they can convience the European Union Commission, then the States will not be to far off from investigating the behavior given all the credibility it will have if another nation is involved.
  3. Gallifrey2

    Gallifrey2 TS Rookie

    While Microsoft may have a point and be correct with their accusations I still do not feel sorry for them given their own dubious history. This really is a taste of their own medicine.

    That being said anti competative behaviour is not good for the market so if Google is indeed guilty I hope they get the book thrown at them.
  4. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    "it's a measure of how the balance of power on the web has shifted."

    I didn't realize that Microsoft used to be the reigning power "on the web". In fact, I'm not aware of how "the balance of power on the web" has even shifted. You gotta love how reporters don't understand what they're reporting.
  5. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    Well M$ and their lawyers do have a lot of experienced getting sued by the European Union Commission for anti-competitive behavior - maybe all that time spent in court has made them better at spotting in other companies :p. By now M$ has to know all the ins and outs of the system when it comes to antitrust lawsuits.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Wagan8r, MS used to be the leader on the web in the sense that internet explorer had the largest market share, and they gave it away for free with windows and were sued by Netscape for antitrust violations.

    Why do people think MS is doing something wrong though? This is called business, get as big as you can without crossing that 'monopoly' line. If you think MS shouldn't sue because they've done the same thing that's crazy. There is no 'Look who's calling the kettle black' in the business world. I laughed out loud when I heard Mark Zuckerberg talking about how he wasn't trying to compete with google, apple, and MS etc... They're all trying to beat each other at whatever they think they can.

    Notice Microsoft made etisphere's list of most ethical companies when google and apple didn't. And come to think of it, why does the google logo have the EXACT same 4 colors as the microsoft logo?
  7. supportme

    supportme TS Rookie Posts: 31

    milwaukeemike, I agree with u.. Google has always been the Journalists favorite and they try to project MS as some kind of a devil... They are trying to project it as a MS's tit-for-tat against Google.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Unfortunately in the end we're the ones taking the medicine. When a search engine that is supposed to be "neutral" ends up buying companies that provide search results, one can imagine that that company is going to start coming up at the top of the search.

    Besides OS/2, which they partly owned anyway, there just weren't any other competing computer operating systems out there, so while they weren't angels, MS's monopoly was based as much on lack of competition as anything else (q.v. Apple's iPod, iPhone and iPad in the first few years). Nobody was accusing them of a monopoly despite a staggering market share, as there was nothing to compete.

    While I do agree it's somewhat ironic, I see Google's actions in this case as a bit different than MS bundling its browser with Windows.
  9. z0phi3l

    z0phi3l TS Member

    Problem for MS is that the feature works just fine on iOS, BB OS and Android, kinda hard to claim any anti competitive motive if they just can't figure out how to use the API available
  10. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    monopoly on browsers? at one point, somewhere around 95% of people using web browers used IE.
    gotta love how people have no idea what they're talking about
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    So if we take your argument '95% share' of search market isn't a monoply? I am not sure how you are going to step this aside. Besides, EU is known to stick its nose in everything good and bad, so it will be interesting to see how this one turns out, hopefully they will put some actions in place to even things out for everyone.
  12. The real irony would be if Microsoft sues the Google for spread virus.
    You remember the old joke (before xp) that the windows are a virus because they are slow down the hardware :)
  13. If Microsoft copy the Google practices and puts in the host file of windows few lines like

    I don’t think that Google it will take so calm ;)
  14. I don't see any justification for Microsoft here

    since Google does not
    *Limit your ability to use your computer if you don't use their product
    *Force you to use their products to use another product
    *Youtube is based on a competitors Flash Product

    Microsoft for a long time crippled our computers if we did not use Internet Explorer
    Windows Updates was only for internet Explorer,
    Other updates and other add-on features to windows were blocked through genuine advantage from other browsers.
    Initial network configurations in the past required the use of Internet Explorer (pre-5.5) to run connection wizard for the computer to even ping the net
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Only if you were useless at configuring networks.

    Except for issues about Windows Update for sometime only, this doesn't make sense at all. So your sweepingly wrong statement doesn't hold any value.
  16. I think is a good idea Microsoft open windows update to all certified windows applications.

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