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Microsoft Takes Legal Battle with Google to Europe

Microsoft yesterday filed a formal complaint with the European Commission (EU) into whether Google has violated competition law. The software giant claims Google used its dominant position as search leader to restrict Microsoft’s services.

Microsoft found several grievances, including how Google blocked Microsoft’s Windows Phone from “operating properly with YouTube”, Microsoft general counsel and senior vice president Brad Smith wrote in a detailed blog post.

“Google has refused to allow Microsoft’s new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do,” Smith noted. “As a result, Microsoft’s YouTube ‘app’ on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube’s mobile website, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones."

Microsoft also accused Google of blocking Bing’s ability to index websites.

The EU is already conducting an investigation into Google regarding antitrust practices. CNET reporter Jay Greene said the already-ongoing probe on Google might have spurred Microsoft in taking its battle across the Atlantic.

In addition, Greene also noted European regulators are “more prone to reel in dominant companies”.

[via Microsoft]
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