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MS antitrust charges to give Google market share?

updated 07:00 am EDT, Mon May 11, 2009

Microsoft writes defense

Microsoft this weekend claimed Google's internet browser, Chrome, will be given more market dominance should the European Commission continue with its antitrust charges against Microsoft. The company expects Opera and Mozilla, each of which have agreements in place with Google, will default their browsers to the Google search engine. According to the FT, this claim was contained within Microsoft's written appeal to the EC.

Microsoft also claims Google could facilitate agreements directly with PC manufacturers, pushing companies to set search defaults to the Google search engine and giving the company extra market share as a result.

The Commission, which regulates competition amongst the 27-country European Union, filed charges against Microsoft in January. According to the EC, the company is hindering innovation of Internet browsers and reducing customer choice by packaging Internet Explorer with its operating system, Windows Vista. Microsoft has been packaging this since 1995. Microsoft was given two months to write a written response to the accusations, and received two extensions. The company will also be given an opportunity to defend itself at a hearing with the European Commission this June.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    ah

    poor babies. getting a taste of their own medicine and they don't like it so much.

  1. MatildeMatilde

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Google does search

    Well, Google does search well. Better than anyone else right now (although the Wolfram engine looks promising).

    Microsoft has never been about doing anything better than the competition. Microsoft is all about doing something well enough so that most people don't bother changing from the default settings.

    We are witnessing a strange and new phenomenon here. People are switching their default browser settings to search with Google. This boggles my mind, and is obviously quite threatening to the kings of default in Redmond.

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    nat

    own medicine? What medicine are you referring to exactly? Doesn't even make sense.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    luck

    ol' boy, what's troubling you? the term "taste of their own medicine" or MS's history?

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Isn't that the point?

    Isn't that the point, to give minority products a larger market share?

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    good for the EU

    I think it is great having the EU around to help keep these guys (and others like them) honest. Even if Microsoft can game the DoJ (their antitrust lawsuit was settled not long after Bush took office in 2001, in a settlement that was likely far more lenient than it would have been had Gore become president), there's always the EU which is far less likely to succumb to lobbying by an American multinational and represents a market even larger than that of the US.

  1. LEStudios

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Out of Sight, Out of Mind

    To h*** With Microsoft! Apple & Google Forever!

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    nat

    I think my post was pretty explicit. When somebody says taste of their own medicine they mean "doing something bad to someone that they have done to you to teach them a lesson."

    Are you suggesting that Microsoft prosecuted Google for antitrust charges? haha.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    uh... no

    ms had the power to dominate market share (bundling), now the eu has the power to make it an even playing field.

    a taste of their own medicine. geesh.

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