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.