Microsoft lodges Google complaint with EU

Software giant accuses search engine giant of violating competition laws

Microsoft is accusing Google of abusing its status as the EU’s dominant search engine, and has filed a formal complaint with the European Commission. Among other claims, Microsoft alleges Google has prevented it from becoming a competitive alternative by restricting access to the Google-owned YouTube, which has produced only “limited” apps for Microsoft’s Windows mobile software while releasing superior ones for the Google Android platform. “Having spent more than a decade wearing the shoe on the other foot with European Commission,” Microsoft said, acknowledging its own experience as being the subject of one of the biggest antitrust complaints in recent history, “we recognize the importance of ensuring that competition laws remain balanced and that technology innovation moves forward.”

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