Microsoft files antitrust complaint against Google… again!

A BBC blogger reports that Microsoft has filed an antitrust complaint against Google in the EU.

It's an informative article, but it doesn't get all its facts right. It claims that this is Microsoft's first antitrust filing against Google, which is not correct. In fact, I reported on antitrust filings by Microsoft against Google in both the US and EU back in 2007. …

This happened around the time when Opera, Google, Mozilla and others decided to ask the EC to look into Microsoft's own anti-competitive practices in the browser market.

The browser antitrust complaint caused an uproar among Microsoft fans and supporters in particular. Opera was viciously attacked by Microsoft's army of astroturfers, and a now-defunct Microsoft fansite even went so far as to ask for a boycott of Opera.

Why did the same people not attack Microsoft and ask for a boycott of the company back then, and will they attack Microsoft and ask for a boycott now?

I haven't really formed an opinion on Microsoft's latest antitrust complaints against Google, and will await the conclusion from the EC.

But while we are waiting for that, it is certainly interesting to notice the irony of Microsoft filing antitrust complaints, and the double standards the company's supporters, who attacked Opera and called for a boycott back then.

Can't wait to see their reaction now, although I predict that there will be complete silence regarding Microsoft's own antitrust antics.



6 thoughts on “Microsoft files antitrust complaint against Google… again!

  1. I have mixed feelings about this. At one point they are complaining that:

    it's very difficult, for example, for rivals to get proper access to YouTube – owned by Google – for their search results.

    If the video has a proper title, description and tags. Then that's all they should need to know about the video, they could even use the comments. Or am I missing something?

    Google uses its business relationship with leading websites to block them from installing competing search boxes

    Isn't it logical that business install the google search box, because most people just use google to search after stuff?I also don't really get what they mean when they say:

    it shouldn't be permitted to pursue practices that restrict others from innovating and offering competitive alternatives

    I partly understand that one. I don't thing google (or youtube) is keeping others from creating actual innovative stuff. But I know that it's not always easy to create an application that uploads video's to youtube, checks if it's accepted and auto embed it in some (other) site.Although it's been a while since I looked at it, but last time I checked their online (.net) help section, didn't always match with what the actual ".NET client library" provided by google. There online help section showed 1 way to do something, but obviously they updated the client library, but not the actuall help files. Meaning I had to rely on 3th party sites for to see how some of the stuff worked (something google should be doing). :irked: It's possible that I worked with the youtube api at a bad time. But still their help system could use some improvments…

  2. I think Microsoft has a valid case here, Google is purposely preventing Opera from using the newer search interface among other things.

  3. Recently, everybody who owns content is trying to restrict third-party access to it. This is strange because if search results can point into your network, it will increase the traffic. If a TV-based browser is capable of streaming video, you won't gain any subscribers by locking them out and trying to force the sale of a 2nd TV-based browser box.The internet is much different from the physical world. Typically a book or magazine must individually be published and distributed in many countries, often under license. But on the internet, you can force everyone to directly pay the content source, and block all middlemen. This needs to be improved a little.

  4. Well Microsoft is still being anti open web using Silverlight and Office 365, and outlook web mail access

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