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Microsoft and Google hug it out, agree to withdraw regulatory complaints

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Are Microsoft and Google entering a new era of cooperation? A new report states the two companies are going to work together to resolve any issues among themselves before bringing in outside regulators.

According to Re/code:

"Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities," a Microsoft representative said in a statement to Re/code. "We will continue to focus on competing vigorously for business and for customers." Google, meanwhile, offered up a similar statement, affirming that it too will withdraw any regulatory complaints it has made. "Our companies compete vigorously, but we want to do so on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings."

The report says this development has been in the works for some time and reflects the more cordial relationship between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. It's certainly a far cry from Microsoft's previous public efforts to go after Google for its search and ad policies under its now discontinued "Scroogled" campaign. Microsoft has also recently ended its membership of two groups, FairSearch and ICOMP, that publicly supported antitrust actions against Google's search business.

124 Comments
  • Cool.. Probably still won't get google apps
  • Google will never develop its apps for Windows phone, they might support Windows PC..... Still the numbers are not enough for Google to invest in Windows mobile, the inside view of Google is they actually scared of Windows mobile OS, they know Windows is greater in terms of UI, Performance when compared to Android, they will loose Android users if their apps available in Windows.....
  • Ur absolutely right
  • Not probably 100% right.
  • I view Android as the "Windows" of mobile since it can be installed on any hardware. Now Windows has a viable presence in mobile, and that frightens Android. I doubt this agreement means we will get native Google apps, but it a step in the right direction.
  • 1% marketshare is not a viable presence
  • I don't know where you hears 1% from but that's completely wrong. You been reading The Verge now? +640 on Windows10Mobile
  • Ya! Windows phone has 2% don't short them that 1%.... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The fact you're currently using an android and are giving negative sarcastic comments to a Windows central article amuses me. I'm assuming there isn't any good articles for Android so you have to browse and troll Windows fans instead? Shows how interesting android is if this is how you use your time.
  • I own a Lenovo Yoga 900, Xbox One, Lumia 640 and a Nexus 6P, my office at work is 100% Windows and I'm currently getting Microsoft certified. I own and use more devices running Microsoft's OS than I do their competitors. If you think I'm trolling, I'm not going to waste my time correcting you. I want Windows 10 Mobile to be an actual competitor to iOS and Android. But it's not, and probably won't be soon. Making snide comments about other OS's and pretending Microsoft actually has a presence in mobile may be great for the group think on this site, but it only makes you look more foolish.
  • I agree with you to a certain extent but you are missing one important ace up MS sleeve - UWP. Windows 10 Mobile uses the same core as Windows 10 on desktop/tablet/Xbox. So the actual marketshare for the apps is much bigger than Android or iOS when you take that into account. Google has no excuse now except for being scared.  
  • Take away all the $15-20 androids and the android market share is down to 15%...
  • Take away the $50 Lumia 520 and there wouldn't be a Windows marketshare
  • Ouch. I hope you have some ice for this burn!
  • It's not a good move at all. I think google must be split. Monopolists agreeing to rub each others back.
  • ?
  • Absolutely
  • Google makes money out of its services, so if they bring their apps to windows 10, people will use their services, its like the strategy that Microsoft offers its services for android. I dont know the exact reason that they don't develop their apps for windows 10 but the windows power cant be the only reason
  • Yes correct
  • Probably not, their android users using the services are enough.
  • its not about enough..its about expanding your business..
  • All of Google's apps are currently available on every version of Windows. They just don't use Microsoft's app store as that would just limit them to Windows 10. UWP doesn't make sense since you lose access to all the legacy users.
  • Using Google Maps on Windows Phone is a ... let's call it "not very smooth experience".
  • I meant all desktop versions of Windows. Mobile browser maps are usually not a great experience and I am sure Microsoft's browser doesn't help.
  • Lol my local transit authority uses them for their app/trip planning website its horribly un-optimized for wp8 & above they were using bing on their site a few months ago but then switched back to goggle maps
  • Google makes money out of their services alright and if they offered their apps on Windows, that would only allow Android users to cross over to Windows more easily as well as other users. The Windows Phone base will increase in size because of app availabillty and more people may continue jumping on board because of universal apps, better interface better interoperability, etc. So Google will make money from this growing Windows base, but it also means that they will eventually lose customers to Microsoft. They know Windows is better overall from education to enterprise and if they support Microsoft now, they are going to hang themselves in the long run, so they won't. For them, they've got to kill off Windows Mobile while it is still a toddler or it will grow up become the leader.
  • Your way off, its about marketshare. Why would Google or any company develop an app, unless paid to do so, for a mobile os that has no marketshare?
  • I'm just saying, at least update the google app for crying out loud! And throw in a YouTube app
  • bro just use Awesome tube for windows 10 mobile, It even has live streaming which I am waiting ever since I took my first windows phone back in 2012 - Windows 10 L730(10586.218)
  • Why not just use youtube.com?
  • Only thing about that on mw & desktop metro ie/edge is lack of support for higher resolution video
  • windows 10 has a nice market share which will be huge in future. the first step is that google bring its apps to PC, then maybe mobile and surfaces and hololens
  • You're assuming that most Windows 10 PC users want to use apps to access Google services. Even in tablet mode the website versions of Gmail, Google Maps and Google. Com are easy to use and not once have I wished for an app version. So why would Google bother developing any?
  • The thing is though...supporting windows PC is pretty much the same as supporting phone if we're talking UWP.
  • Exactly, this isn't a case of building an app for Windows Mobile with a 1% share, it's building an app for Windows 10 (XBox, PC, Mobile etc...)which happens to support Mobile as well.  
  • They can still CHOOSE to NOT make it avaialble for phones. And there's no benefit for google in helping WP out.
  • It's not about the W10M and WP market share and what Google can win. It's about competition, market share is more than what Google earned when Blackberry decided to go Android. But the W10 PC market is only getting bigger and bigger, so if they make apps for PC, there is only one step left to bring the apps to W10M in the future. Anyway, by the time MS will push again on mobile with the new devices, the ecosystem will be much stronger and the lack of Google apps will be less of a deal breaker than it is now(among other things)
  • They do make apps for Windows, they just don't use the Windows store. They have thier own App store for Windows through Chrome. They have no reason to support UWP. It would just limit them from accessing legacy Windows users.
  • Universal apps for the desktop/xbox are good incentives..... So what if W10M getting them is a byproduct :D From WC App on 950XL
  • absolutely right their main concern is if they release those apps they may lost completely in the enterprise/business sector Sent from Windows Central on Windows 10
  • Does this mean they'll play nice with YouTube apps?
  • It's funny because some of their apps wouldn't be able to compete with some of the apps on windows phone. For example the third-party YouTube app "mytube" is much more better and smoother than the original Youtube app. (same with a few other apps) +640 on Windows10Mobile
  • please try awesome tube too(which supports live streaming channels)..... prefect tube too(no live streaming)....
  • Well said which is true to the core :)
  • Lol don't be so negative, it's progress. One step at a time
  • I doubt seriously that they are afraid of Mobile. Afraid of what?
  • Afraid of losing Android market share?
  • Could this be??? I feel good about this... Prospectively the beginning of an awesome alliance! Bring on the goods! #TeamSatya
  • Oh darn. I was hoping google would get what was coming to them instead of kissing their butt. Dang Microsoft.
  • Your comment is stupid. Posted from The Finalizer
  • New era of cooperation? Nah, too good to be true. Judging by Google's comment, they're just switching weapons and selecting a new map. Looks to be they want to compete on sales. I say give 'em hell MS (Y)
  • Good news :)
  • Does this mean that we can get the youtube app.....??
  • No.
  • bro please use Awesome Tube app for windows phone, its better than actual YouTube app for android.... this app even supports live streaming. - From Windows 10 Nokia Lumia 730(10586.218)
  • still they dont support 360 degree video ~DheeraJ~
    Lumia 640xl 10586.164
  • 360 degree videos are ugly to watch
  • I think you only get the best experience if you're watching with a VR headset like the Samsung VR or even Google Cardboard™. While I think its just a fad I must admit it caught me and most of us completely off guard and surprised and its amazing Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • "They still don't" As if it hasn't only been available on YouTube for all of 5 minutes, if you'll excuse the hyperbole.
  • OH NO!  What jerks!!!  How much did you pay for it?
  • Lets hope so. The full Google arsenal of iOS apps ported to UWP Windows 10 applications... That would be nice.
  • They do it by apple why not by windows mobile if Microsoft pay patents it is good, isn't it ?
  • Apple is not a competitor to anywhere near the degree Microsoft is.  Apple is successful, no doubt, thanks to sheep and people who got stuck in the ecosystem and don't want to leave it.  As far as a competitor to Google on the scale that Microsoft is, Apple is nowhere near it.
  • Tube cast supports 360 degree. There are a lot of third parties better than official
  • The 3rd party ones on W10M are just as good if not better..
  • LOL how many youtube apps do you need?
  • :D
  • Well, I have used the youtube app on android and ios....and its quite good when compared to win10.
    Haven't used any third party apps.....so gonna try one soon....!!
  • It doesn't matter. The EU will chew google regardless and google is now its own worse enemy.
  • Thank god. I am hoping the EU will rip google a new one. Sent From Lumia 950 Xl...Cuz I slay.
  • If you want that something is seriously wrong with you and you need to grow up. Plus it's never going to happen. Posted from The Finalizer
  • Why does the EU want to **** google over so bad?
  • They don't. They're simply going to force Google to stop abusing their dominant position to force Android OEMs to lock Google services unto their devices putting competing services at a disadvantage.  Google on Android is acting like Microsoft in the 90's with Windows. Microsoft was finned by the EU for the same reasons Google is now being finned.
  • And it's not just about Android, but about their practices in Search and advertising, how they use personal data, and so on and so forth. They have attracted regulators' attention on at least 5 different (and significant) issues...
  • Only Google isn't forcing any oem to do anything. How stupid are you? Posted from The Finalizer
  • Because we do have concerns about what is done of our data and cherish our privacy and do know Google doesn't play by the rules while in a monopolistic position in Search and Advertising!
    Hell, they don't even say they aren't doing it; they just pretend they're doing it for the greater good. *chuckles*
  • Only EU residents are against it. And don't agree. And nothing is going to come from it because they actually don't have a case according to every single expert in the matter Posted from The Finalizer
  • For a second there you just described W10 as a whole... oh wait Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It was getting old. Time for something new.
  • Too good to be true. Even if MS came forward Google won't. Good will fight for it's monopoly than for consumers. VenkiDknight - Sent from Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual Sim
  • Microsoft has become Google what comes to customer privacy.
  • Huh? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • What... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well...from the point of view of my collegues, it's sad. These disputes made them quite a nice buck. As a consumer, I'm glad these dramas are over. Not that I believe some Microsoft-fans will become less childish towards Google (and vice-versa), but for the rest of us it's always good to see two tech giants just trying to dethrone each other on the merits of their products since that means it will always be us, the consumers, who benefit in the end.
  • yea i agree that we should benefit. but google always acted childish agains us, windows users. they were saying we are loging from chrome ore ie instead of edge when we loged into google account. they were blocking my login to google mail from w10 outlook mail app for being "unsafe" and i had to go to my gmail account and allow unsafe apps. and i can almost bet that gmaps work like crap from edge mobile because they did it that way. its this kind of behaviour that made me hade google. not any stupid campaign or anything. i want them to convince me to come to their camp with better services, which they, for me, dont have, not by explicitly ruining their services on microsoft platform.
  • Still wont use a google product aside from youtube. Sent From Lumia 950 Xl...Cuz I slay.
  • Everyone here knows that is a lie. Posted from The Finalizer Star Destroyer
  • I even go daily motion first.
  • Nice! Now update the Waze app, Google!
  • I totally agree. Waze update, please.
  • MS realizing Google has the power of public opinion behind them and the average Joe is not swaying from believing Google and Apple are the end all be all. The Tech community in general supports this with their writings and reviews. Google not making their apps available to MS users has been powerful.
    Google realizing MS has the power of millions upon millions of OS system installs that Google needs to be able to carry out their information gathering, selling and manipulating.
    SYNERGY
  • Actually I think the only public opinion in favour of Google is for search. How many people do you think buy a Samsung Galaxy Sx because it's Google? And how many do you think buy Android because it's Google? Google just realises that they're starting to loose control of Android and they're search business is under threat so they're trying to protect their turf. Google is an advertising company after all, up against the worlds largest software company. Oh and Apple being the worlds largest hardware company sits somewhere in between them. I always thought how good would it be to see Apple hardware married with MS software, but we have the Surface line these days so don't have to wish anymore.
  • You might want to check your facts. Posted from The Finalizer Star Destroyer
  • He might actually need to start citing sources for those claims Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Lol, which parallel universe are u from. But I like ur parallel universe
  • Hey we'll stop competing in the smartphone market if you allow or services on yours. Then we can work done of this other stuff out
  • So..... GOOGLE APPS coming for Windows Phone?!
  • I doubt it Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • As soon as it becomes relevent.
  • It's because they have a bigger common threat they want to fight together ...the Feds.
  • if this doesnt lead to google apps on our platform and for a more fair google actions agains windows user(like that period when they were denieing the login from outlook mail app on w10 for the reason that they said is unsafe and you had to set your google account to accept unsafe apps too), then ms did the wrong thing in my eyes. i dont want 2 big evil corporations to become even more evil, i liked how ms was choosing a cleaner path, unlike google.
  • Hurrah!!
  • European union should force google to install adblocker in their operating system. Their advertising is very intrusive. Thank god we have an ad blocker in our desktop browsers otherwise android is pretty much an intrusive ad platform and that's what I don't want Microsoft to be an intrusive advertising company with their efforts on cortana. So EU should force companies to let users install ad blocker on any operating system.
  • The EU should promote theft of services?
  • I want google UWP apps
  • If Google's goes with uwp then thousands of developers migrate to windows 10 quickly. This would stop androids growth in things like IOT and also in artificial intelligence.
  • Google and Microsoft both probably found out their mothers had the same first name, Martha, so it's all good.
  • Ha ha ha... Nice B vs S reference
  • WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME????  -- Why did you waste $15 to see this pile of crap?  lol  
  • If you think BvS is a pile of crap you have no taste in quality cinema. Posted from The Finalizer Star Destroyer
  • It's a total pile of garbage with a script pounded out by deaf, dumb and blind chimps.
  • Good on Mr. Nadella, he's a forward looking CEO that realises the whole computing landscape is changing fast and high revenues will come in a different way. Although I don't wish Microsoft to become like Google, some level of understanding and cooperation is surely better than fighting in the courts over areas that will become less relevant to all the companies bottom lines.
  • Paul Thurrot will be publicly happy but privately sad. Posted from my 950xl for Windows Central!
  • I wouldn't trust them. Look what happened with the YouTube app. Say one thing, mean another...
  • Will "Indian Indian Brother Brother" work to begin new era of friendship with Google & Microsoft...???
  • Yeah, Hindi Hindi bhai bhai xD
  • Pretty sure that google will end up backstabbing Microsoft in the end
  • Lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Does it mean google and microsoft are teaming up or are they working together... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • So, from the current state of Windows phones in the US, it would seem this is the equivalent of a tree falling in the forest with no one to hear it. Does it still make a sound. Would be good to see Google move past Eric Schmidt's prejudices.... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It seems there's a debate in the comments on whether this means Google apps coming to Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile. My opinion is that the Windows Phone/WIndows 10 Mobile market share is too small for Google to even bother releasing their apps. A safer bet, hoewver is that Google could release universal apps considering the big Windows desktop and Xbox market share and we'd get the apps for the phone as a side effect. It could be a long shot but I hope it comes true.
  • Indian-indian bhai-bhai :p
  • Yeah, that's what I was about to say.
    It's Indian blood
  • Even if google still doesn't want to make W10M apps, W10 apps are still very lucrative, judging from market share alone. Might as well make universal apps.