GOOGLE, MICROSOFT REACHED COMPROMISE TO WITHDRAW COMPLAINTS AGAINST EACH OTHER

GOOGLE, MICROSOFT REACHED COMPROMISE TO WITHDRAW COMPLAINTS AGAINST EACH OTHER

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GOOGLE, MICROSOFT REACHED COMPROMISE TO WITHDRAW COMPLAINTS AGAINST EACH OTHER

– Microsoft and Google reached a compromise to withdraw all regulatory complaints against each other.

– Shilkin said, “Our companies compete vigorously, but we want to do so on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings.”

GOOGLE, MICROSOFT REACHED COMPROMISE TO WITHDRAW COMPLAINTS AGAINST EACH OTHER

On Friday, Microsoft and Google reached a compromise to withdraw all regulatory complaints against each other around the world, as the two American technology giants continued recent efforts to settle the once-bitter conflicts between them.

GOOGLE, MICROSOFT REACHED COMPROMISE TO WITHDRAW COMPLAINTS AGAINST EACH OTHER
Microsoft and Google Reaching Agreement

The two companies also said they would try to resolve future disputes before complaining to regulators, as they have in the past.

A Microsoft spokeswoman, Jennifer Crider said, “Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities. We will continue to focus on competing vigorously for business and for customers.”

Microsoft, in recent years, battled on many fronts to draw greater scrutiny of Google’s dominance in Internet search, including complaining to European regulators that Google used its position to stymie search competition.

The truce between the companies was no surprise after other moves by both in the last year. In September, the companies dropped about 20 patent lawsuits that they had filed against each other in the United States and Germany.

Microsoft later withdrew its financial support for two groups that have lobbied against Google.

GOOGLE, MICROSOFT REACHED COMPROMISE TO WITHDRAW COMPLAINTS AGAINST EACH OTHER

Rob Shilkin, a Google spokesman said, “Our companies compete vigorously, but we want to do so on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings.”

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The move away from legal and regulatory confrontations followed changes in the senior leadership of both companies. Satya Nadella since taking over as chief executive of Microsoft in early 2014 has shown a readiness to cooperate more closely with companies that were once harsh rivals.

Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, was appointed to that position last August, after a major restructuring that formed a new holding company, Alphabet, to oversee Google and other divisions.

Despite the compromise between the technology giants, Google still faces powerful oppositions, particularly in Europe where local publishers and telecom operators, among others, remain wary of its powerful role in how people in the 28-member bloc gain access to digital services.

Some of those companies have filed complaints that have led to two formal documents of accusations against Google from Europe’s competition authorities.

The latest charges, published on Wednesday, alleged that Google used its sway over its Android mobile operating system to favor its digital services like online search over those of rivals. The previous charges relate to its dominant online search business. Google denies any wrongdoing.

Several American tech companies, including Oracle, Yelp and Expedia, also claim that Google has broken antitrust rules in Europe, the United States and elsewhere.

At Microsoft, the previous target of multiple European regulatory investigations, the focus has shifted in the last 18 months from attacking Google to lobbying over privacy regulation, an important rules that underpin its fast-growing cloud computing business.

In recent times, Microsoft has been a vocal supporter of Europe’s tough privacy rules often positioning itself in contrast to Google and Facebook repeatedly highlighting how it has complied with the region’s strict stance on data protection to a greater degree than its rivals.

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GOOGLE, MICROSOFT REACHED COMPROMISE TO WITHDRAW COMPLAINTS AGAINST EACH OTHER