Microsoft: Google unfairly using Android to promote Google’s products

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

About a decade ago, if we were to tell you that Microsoft is part of a group who is filing a complaint against another software giant who they feel is unfairly using its own software to promote it’s own products, you would have thought we were crazy. But that is exactly what is happening today in the EU as Microsoft, Nokia, and a few other companies are accusing Google of unfairly using its own Android software to promote Google’s products and services.

Sound familiar? It should, it’s a similar complaint that Microsoft faced many years ago that resulted in the browser ballot that you see today and also the N versions of the Windows platforms in Europe. The NYTimes is citing a lawyer for Fairsearch, Thomas Vinje, who filed the complaint, that represents these large corporations by stating that Android software is “a deceptive way to build advantages for key Google apps in 70 percent of the smartphones shipped today”.

This is kind of typical to large companies, if they can’t compete they try to buy you, if they can buy you they’ll sue you. Microsoft and Nokia don’t believe Windows 8 can compete with Android and gain market share, the same way Android competes with iOS and eventually won ?

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