Microsoft Files Antitrust Complaint Against Google

C95J

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Oh shut up Microsoft. Like you need more money. I use plenty of your products, and Bing is a pile of shite compared to Google, so no thank you, I will continue to use Google no matter what you do :D
 

AugustFall

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TheEvilCheese said:
Google owns the market because it's easy to use, fast and above all: Familiar.

I hope Google Counter-Claims against Internet Explorer. That'd be some poetic justice right there.
I think we should all file a complaint against IE. piece of shit
 

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I find this very amusing considering last time I checked I couldn't watch Bing videos (The Guild) on my PS3.

Microsoft is just butthurt about getting pwned for once.
 

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I'm actually taking an Anti-Trust and Regulation class in college right now and Microsoft may have a valid claim. They were accused of "tying" their IE and Windows together and saying that they were in fact one product when really they were preventing Netscape (yeah I know netscape >_>) from getting a foothold. Obviously this isn't true anymore but it was back in the day and Microsoft has been paying out the nose in Europe for it.


Here, Microsoft has a couple of arguments but one of them is essentially that Google's Product search is illegally "tying" their google marketplace service with Google and that it gives them an unfair advantage. That might be true but it depends on how the courts interpret Google as a product. Youtube is also a "product" of google now I suppose you could say... they may have an argument under the Trinko rule that says that any business can choose whom to deal with, however since Youtube has huge marketshare... I suppose Microsoft could argue that them refusing to deal with them is hurting the consumer.

It also depends on how the courts feel about internet businesses since they are rather untested in anti-trust cases, being so recent. They may be treated differently since they have equal footing on the internet... or they may be treated as normal.

I do think that Microsoft is chasing Google because they feel threatened by them. Remember when Bing was actively stealing code from Google?

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/373135/february-02-2011/bing-gets-served


But it will be interesting how it turns out because it could threaten how Google operates.
 

samaugsch

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HankMan said:
Oh Poor Microsoft!
All they have is a stranglehold on the PC market and the World's most successful core gaming Console *sadface*
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That's what I thought. I was like, "Wow. Hypocrite much?"
 

BENZOOKA

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The_root_of_all_evil said:
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OT (=ostrich texture): I'm opposed to all monopolizing, especially when it ends up not allowing better products to be made, but rather than going on a trademark/patent/registration/exclusivity -rant, I'll just say that Microsoft is really in no position to attack Google.

And I say this because Google just bought my country. please. help.
 

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He feels that the competitive environment in the U.S. is also poor, but says Bing has at least been able to take a 25% market share in the region.
That's because bing is the default search engine on the default internet browser for the OS that is most popular. MS got slammed in the UK for anti-competitory practices for making IE the default browser, so they should probably just shut the fuck up unless they're willing to give all releases of Windows 7 (not just the UK) the choice of browser from the first install.
 

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This week, Microsoft officially joined a group of companies in Europe that have filed complaints with the European Commission against Google for what they call potentially illegal anti-competitive practices.
Oh man that's too funny, can't stop laughing. Maybe the microsoft people should go Bing what irony is, just for fun.
I misread that the firs time, thanks for highlighting that line there.
Wow! "Illegal anti-competitive practices"? Go back to your own monopoly.
 

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Nohra said:
And all of the people replying fail to understand why we have antitrust laws in the first place.
The spirit of antitrust law runs pretty damn contrary to nearly all of modern business. If you want to go down that road, it's going to take us a very, very long way from here.
 

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Enkidu88 said:
Maybe Bing can't compete because it's complete crap? Just a thought Microsoft.
I know right?

By this logic, if I make a search engine this afternoon, hosted on my laptop, that has 10 websites on its database, I could claim Google is doing something illegal because I own less then 25% of the market?

Seriously, practice the same competition you're saying Google is stifling by making a search engine that doesn't suck, so it can compete.
 

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This wouldn't have anything to do with Google's plan to create their own computer OS would it?
 
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unacomn said:
Oh man, that was a good one. Funniest April fools so far today.

Wait, it's not a joke?
Microsoft filing an anti-trust suit for control over the internet is like Doctor Evil filing a suit against... well anybody, for trying to take over the world.

Aah, my brain stopped short of making that metaphor funny.
Kinda like Magneto suing Doctor doom for taking over the world?
 
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So they are complaining because they want to be more greedy. I hope this is a joke. I mean Microsoft as far as I remember were basically told to stop buying up companies themselves years ago as they were creating a Monopoly.
 
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unacomn said:
aegix drakan said:
Kinda like Magneto suing Doctor doom for taking over the world?
Yes, that's what I was looking for, thank you :)
The funny part is I can see Doctor Doom opening his mail, noticing the court summons and then yelling "YOU HAVE ANGERED DOOM!!!"

And then getting She-hulk as his defense lawyer.
 

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Further, Smith writes that Google wants to block access to certain types of book content for any search engine other than its own, restrict the data of advertisers that use Google's services, and says Google should not be allowed to prevent European websites from using search boxes other than Google's.
Explain to me how Google is going to block Bing from accessing anything on the internet. Google searches are not the same as Bing searches, and if you are advertising through Google, you buy the right for your search parameters to show up closer to the top.

Also, the reason why YouTube on Android phones is fun and easy to access is not because they got permission where Windows 7 Mobile could not, it's because Google and Android are partners. I'm sure it didn't occur overnight for the iPhone.

I think the worst part is that this will actually get consideration by computer illiterate and economically illiterate folks in Washington DC. Let the games begin.
 

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TheEvilCheese said:
mjc0961 said:
TheEvilCheese said:
I hope Google Counter-Claims against Internet Explorer. That'd be some poetic justice right there.
People still use Internet Explorer?!
Well, It isn't anywhere near a 95% market share, but it is still the most used browser worldwide by a fair bit.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers
hmm that looks very skewed...

2011 IE Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
February 26.5 % 42.4% 24.1% 4.1% 2.5%
January 26.6 % 42.8% 23.8% 4.0% 2.5%

Thats from W3schools browser statistics, though I don't think they count phones and consoles. Still kind of a dick move, inevitable though really but why now?

Still wondering why no ones filed one against Apple yet =\