Microsoft Files European Antitrust Complaint Against Google

Thursday Mar 31st 2011 by Staff

Redmond says the search giant isn't playing fair by limiting access to YouTube data.

LA Times: Microsoft has filed an official complaint in an ongoing EU antitrust investigation of Google. At issue is whether Google is hampering competition by limiting access to data from YouTube and other services. "Google has done much to advance its laudable mission to 'organize the world’s information,' but we’re concerned by a broadening pattern of conduct aimed at stopping anyone else from creating a competitive alternative," blogged Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. "We’ve therefore decided to join a large and growing number of companies registering their concerns about the European search market."

Google responded, “We're not surprised that Microsoft has done this, since one of their subsidiaries was one of the original complainants. For our part, we continue to discuss the case with the European Commission and we're happy to explain to anyone how our business works."

Microsoft says this is the first time it has ever filed an antitrust complaint against a rival.

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