View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
March 31, 2011

Microsoft complains to EU against Google’s monopoly in search

Google says it is not surprised and ready to present details

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft has filed a formal complaint with the European Commission, the EU’s antitrust regulator, about Google’s dominance of the Internet search market in the region.

Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said in a blog that Google bars competitors from accessing its YouTube video site for search results and has kept phones running Microsoft’s operating system from working properly with YouTube, Redmond.

"Our filing today focuses on a pattern of actions that Google has taken to entrench its dominance in the markets for online search and search advertising to the detriment of European consumers," Smith wrote.

"Google has engaged in a broadening pattern of walling off access to content and data that competitors need to provide search results to consumers and to attract advertisers."

Smith has written five different ways in which Google ensured its monopoly in the search market, including: preventing Microsoft’s Bing from indexing content on YouTube; blocking Microsoft Smartphones from operating properly with YouTube; controlling access to online copies of out-of-copyright books; and compelling websites to only use Google search boxes on their pages.

Google controls about 95% of the European market, Smith said.

Content from our partners
Rethinking cloud: challenging assumptions, learning lessons
DTX Manchester welcomes leading tech talent from across the region and beyond
The hidden complexities of deploying AI in your business

A spokesman for Google said the search engine company is not surprised by the move.

"We’re not surprised that Microsoft has done this, since one of their subsidiaries was one of the original complainants," Google spokesman Al Verney said.

Google said it would cooperate with the European Commission on the investigation.

"For our part, we continue to discuss the case with the European Commission and we’re happy to explain to anyone how our business works."

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.