Microsoft already doesn't like Google's EU antitrust concessions

Microsoft has had its own antitrust dealings with the European Union, with its latest tussle resulting in a $732 million fine for violating its web browser menu agreement. Now a group of companies that includes Microsoft is already slamming the EU and Google over a proposal that is designed to settle Google's own antitrust issues in Europe.

Bloomberg reports, via unnamed sources, that Google's proposition includes offering better labeling of its own services in its search results in Europe. The proposal may also include Google adding links to rival search services, including Microsoft's Bing, in its search results.

While the Brussels-based industry group ICOMP, which has Microsoft as one of its members, has yet to see the Google settlement proposal, that isn't stopping the group from commenting on the unofficial reports. ICOMP's lawyer David Wood stated, "If what has been proposed is labeling or a modified form of labeling, frankly that’s a non-starter." Wood also indicated that any settlement would have cover Google's operations worldwide and not just with the 27 countries in the EU.

While Microsoft has made recent, if small, gains in the U.S. search market against Google, in Europe it's a different story where Microsoft has claimed that Google's market share is as high as 95 percent.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Google

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Awww, is the monopolist now on the defensive now that they can't make a competing product? Is the bully Ballmer not happy with real competition? Waaah! Waaaaaahhh!

Now lets see APPLE being made to include a choices other than Safari, or get back Google Maps.. how about Nokia and Nokia Maps. so on so on.

Face EU Euro is going down and they try and get cash from any company they can blackmail.

They dont have to like it. MS is just trying to be the bully here but in reality, they are the ones getting their butts kicked and whining about it all along the way.

And the EU evidently accepted Google's settlement.

Edited by techbeck, Apr 15 2013, 12:31pm :

From the source article: "... said David Wood, a lawyer for Brussels-based industry group ICOMP, which includes Microsoft."

Of course Bing's share in the EU is low if they can't provide normal results. Not to be harsh but most of the times the results just suck and I'll get frustrated each and ever time I try to find something on Bing and switch to Google where it's mostly on the first page what I'm looking for.

All in all I'm not for the EU actually forcing companies to add this and that. It's the companies property and as long as someone offers a better alternative for something let it stay that way.

I really don't understand this. When are the EU going to have a go at McDonalds for not offering you a BK Whopper when you order a Big Mac?

I'm sorry - but the business world has always been run by competition. So what if Google promotes their own services in their search results? You shouldn't expect a business to have to actively promote the competition. That's not how business works.

Edited by Brian M., Apr 15 2013, 11:45am :

Well you might aswell start asking this before microsoft got fined with billions of euros for not including a browser selection screen or including a media player

Brian M said,
I really don't understand this. When are the EU going to have a go ad Microsoft for not offering you a BK Whopper when you order a Big Mac?

I'm sorry - but the business world has always been run by competition. So what if Google promotes their own services in their search results? You shouldn't expect a business to have to actively promote the competition. That's not how business works.

then by the same logic, microsoft should get the money back last time because didn't offer a way to ask what browser to get (instead of IE), as well as don't have this option to users.

Brian M said,
I really don't understand this. When are the EU going to have a go ad Microsoft for not offering you a BK Whopper when you order a Big Mac?

I'm sorry - but the business world has always been run by competition. So what if Google promotes their own services in their search results? You shouldn't expect a business to have to actively promote the competition. That's not how business works.

Totally agree. Maybe when you insert the Windows CD/USB stick to install you should be asked whether you wanted to install Linux and all the distro's out there? Or maybe Paint should be removed because it's detrimental to Paint.NET/Photoshop/Gimp? It's this kind of daft practice by unelected individuals in Brussels that gives the EU a bad name.

jamieakers said,

Totally agree. Maybe when you insert the Windows CD/USB stick to install you should be asked whether you wanted to install Linux and all the distro's out there? Or maybe Paint should be removed because it's detrimental to Paint.NET/Photoshop/Gimp? It's this kind of daft practice by unelected individuals in Brussels that gives the EU a bad name.

Great! Now we're all on the same page about why the Browser Ballot screen the EU required of IE, is ridiculous.

First off - Apologies I meant McDonalds not Microsoft!

And I agree - I think that was completely and utterly ridiculous. Especially considering anybody who cared enough to use another browser would have installed it. I'd love to see the statistics of "browser selection windows shown" vs "browser selection choices made". I bet it's something like 0.0001%

Slight miss on the analogy, it's not the primary product that the EU anti-trust board are concerned abut it's what it's bundled with.

A better one would be:
"What if McDonalds only sold their own milkshakes with their meals and not any soft drink produced by any other company."

As you can see it falls down because they do offer other products from other manufacturers. This is what the EU told Microsoft to do (and they didn't) now they're telling Google the same thing, my money is on Google paying attention and negotiating a reasonable solution.

Brian M said,
I really don't understand this. When are the EU going to have a go at McDonalds for not offering you a BK Whopper when you order a Big Mac?

I'm sorry - but the business world has always been run by competition. So what if Google promotes their own services in their search results? You shouldn't expect a business to have to actively promote the competition. That's not how business works.

This has more to do with a Monopoly using its standing to hurt competition. It's not about promoting other businesses. It took me a while to understand why Microsoft got fined initially, I used to think the same as well.

However, if a company that has a near monopoly in any area, then uses that monopoly to curb competition, then that is not going to be tolerated by governments, or in this case the EU.

duddit2 said,
Slam?

Seems to be John Callaham's favorite word doesnt it, lol. Maybe time to hit up thesaurus.com there johnny boy.

Torolol said,
aw, MS buthurt becasue Google avoiding the fines.

It's nice to see 5 year olds posting, but better wait till you are more grown up and know a bit more on what you are talking about.