Microsoft involvement in antitrust probe against Google search

David Heiner, Microsoft VP and DGC confirmed Microsoft’s not-so-behind-the-scenes involvement, about talking to EU officials about alleged Google behaviors that disadvantage the search leader’s competitors “Complaints in competition law cases usually come from competitors. (Believe me, I know: I’ve been chief competition counsel at Microsoft since 1994, so I’ve seen plenty of competitor complaints. Novell, […]

David Heiner, Microsoft VP and DGC confirmed Microsoft’s not-so-behind-the-scenes involvement, about talking to EU officials about alleged Google behaviors that disadvantage the search leader’s competitors “Complaints in competition law cases usually come from competitors. (Believe me, I know: I’ve been chief competition counsel at Microsoft since 1994, so I’ve seen plenty of competitor complaints. Novell, when current Google CEO Eric Schmidt was at the helm, was never hesitant about complaining to regulators about Microsoft.Google hasn’t been shy about raising antitrust concerns about Microsoft in the last few years, either.) This’s the way that competition law agencies function: They look to competitors in the first instance to understand how particular markets operate, the practices of dominant firms and the competitive significance of those practices,” said Heiner.

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