Google joins EU antitrust case against Microsoft

Google will soon seek European Commission's permission to submit arguments in the antitrust case against Microsoft, the company said in a post on its web site. Google will be applying to intervene as a third party in the EU's case involving Microsoft's IE browser. As an intervener Google will provide background information, legal theories and proposed remedies to the EU in the case against Microsoft

Below are the reasons that Google put forth to join the anti-trust case:

"Google believes that browser market is still largely uncompetitive, which holds back innovation for users. IE is tied to Microsoft's dominant Windows OS, giving it an unfair advantage over other browsers. In mobile market, Microsoft cannot tie IE to a dominant OS and its browser therefore has a much lower usage. Google hopes its perspective in launching Chrome will be useful as the EU evaluates remedies to improve the user experience and offer consumers real choices"

Mozilla joined the case earlier this month to submit arguments in the case. Microsoft was accused of violating antitrust law by bundling its Windows Media player with Windows and using illegal tactics against RealNetworks real player in 2007. Microsoft has been fined more than $2 billion for its violations and for failing to carry out remedies imposed by the Commission in the past.

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