Microsoft ditches Internet Association, a major lobbying trade group

The Visitor’s Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington.
The Visitor’s Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington. (Image credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images for Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The Internet Association is a trade group responsible for Big Tech lobbying efforts.
  • Microsoft has been a member of the association for years and is now formally departing.
  • Uber is also leaving.

The Internet Association, an ally to Microsoft's lobbying goals for many years, is now losing the tech giant as a member. The group, founded in 2012, still has Google, Amazon, and Meta/Facebook on the party roster, but Microsoft and Uber are no small loss.

The news comes from Axios, which reported that the Windows 11 maker is done with IA for the time being.

The Internet Association's Christina Martin, its global communications and public affairs senior vice president, kept her comments on the matter brief. "It is always unfortunate to lose a member, but business decisions related to time and resources are to be respected," she said. She added that IA hopes Microsoft and Uber will rejoin at some point.

Meanwhile, Microsoft kept its comments even lighter. "We advocate for public policies that support our business goals," a Microsoft spokesperson told Axios. "As our business needs evolve, we periodically review trade association memberships to ensure alignment with our policy agenda."

Not long ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella appeared on Bloomberg Television. During his time there, he was asked if Microsoft's lobbying efforts were how it avoided the increasing legal scrutiny haunting Big Tech companies. He provided a simple explanation: That Microsoft was "on the right side of history."

The unspoken implication there may have been that Microsoft did not need extensive lobbying activity to maintain its success. And, based on today's news, it appears such an implication may indeed be representative of a portion of the situation. However, the Internet Association isn't the only egg in Microsoft's basket, so ditching it doesn't mean Redmond is entirely on its own.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to

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    Microsoft talk of "commercial association".
    Maybe for Jedi contract.
    The future, ranking by Guigoz and public auctions for laws ?
  • Facebook, Messenger, What apps are now only one entity, against recommendations.
    Google pay taxes with program Alphabet, not really for helping population in difficulty in the world.
    Apple have contracts for developers exclusivity with very probably collaboration with Fbi.
    Microsoft see commercial association and probably partnerships with Usa, it's politic and not democracy
    Electronics Arts and Fifa for gambling, without greetings of Fifa, why not ?
  • I think apparently European Comission is more busy to receve money in Dublin and Polska than protection of normal consommation.
    Buying wrong commentaries for see better in internet, it's possible, nothing to do for European Comission for receving claim with screens capture.Then, there aren't program of fidelity as for bugs, it's easy
  • There are anything on China for produce Tesla and playing Fortnite with Tencent and Epic, difficult to purpose that.
  • "The unspoken implication there may have been that Microsoft did not need extensive lobbying activity to maintain its success." No, I think this comment was about successfully avoiding scrutiny from Congress. It's true that MS (and arguably also Apple and Amazon) are successes without needing to do anything evil. (Amazon definitely benefited from lax taxation in the past, but there's no way higher taxes would have slowed that company down.) Meanwhile, Feta and Google ("Don't Be Evil") deserve all the bad press and regulatory attention they get. But even that's not really about lobbying but network and compatibility effects, and Meta's dirty business is a whole new world of evil requiring a complete rethink of how we regulate these kinds of companies.
  • Pretty much this. Get out while the getting's good.