Microsoft and Google recently declared peace to each other after the EU antitrust group had sent the giant search engine another part of a statement of objections which was somehow triggered by Microsoft-backed lobbying.
Microsoft and Google have been at loggerheads with each other due to their standing in the tech world, have finally reached a global agreement to stop fighting.
Our companies compete vigorously, but we want to do so on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings,” Google said Friday in a statement. “As a result, following our patent agreement, we’ve now agreed to withdraw regulatory complaints against one another.
One of the battles between the two companies was most prominent in Brussels, Belgium. Microsoft urged the EU lawmakers to be impartial when it came to serving the law to its rival when giving antitrust fines. Microsoft was very proactive in influencing the EU into investigating the search giant’s practices. They even began a fund, ICOMP, whose main aim was for companies that complained about Google.
Microsoft was also the first to file some antitrust complaints which had led to this week’s statement of objections which were signified in its Android mobile-operating system. The company was also on last year’s EU charge sheet on Google’s comparison shopping service.
Through one of its affiliate companies called Ciao, they filed the first antitrust complaints in Europe to the Bundeskartellamt in Germany. The European Commission then took over the investigation in 2010 and started its own probing into the allegations that Google favored itself in its search results, which was a detriment to others progress.
Reports also indicate that Brussels, however, seems to be the place where relationships began to thaw between the two. One senior executive said at the time that the two companies were now friends. Microsoft has promptly dropped out of ICOMP, and one other hostile group to Google, FairSearch.
To show that the new solidarity was going to stand, Microsoft came out saying they were dropping all its complaints against Google, which reflected their changing legal priorities, and that they would continue to focus on competing vigorously for business and other customers.