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Microsoft said FTC isn't doing enough to force Google to conform with antitrust laws

A Microsoft executive has called Google out on the fact that Windows Phone users cannot enjoy a full YouTube experience the way Android and iOS users can.

Dave Heiner, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft, wrote a post about the fact that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is not doing enough to force Google to conform with antitrust laws. More specifically, Microsoft is upset that Windows Phone still cannot get a full YouTube app while the competition (Android and iOS) are able.

"Despite government scrutiny, Google continues to block Microsoft from offering its customers proper access to YouTube," said Heiner. "This is an important issue because consumers value YouTube access on their phone: YouTube apps on the Android and Apple platforms were two of the most downloaded mobile applications in 2012, according to recent news reports. Yet Google still refuses to allow Windows Phone users to have the same access to YouTube that Android and Apple customers enjoy. Microsoft has continued to engage with YouTube personnel over the past two years to remedy this problem for consumers.

"As you might expect, it appears that YouTube itself would like all customers – on Windows Phone as on any other device – to have a great YouTube experience. But just last month we learned from YouTube that senior executives at Google told them not to enable a first-class YouTube experience on Windows Phones."

Heiner mentioned that the European Commission has addressed Google's business practices and is working toward a resolution that will keep Google in line, but the FTC, however, is taking it a little too easy on the search giant.

"Meanwhile, in the United States, news reports have stated that the FTC may close its investigation if Google merely makes certain “voluntary commitments” to reform its behavior," wrote Heiner. "Separately, news reports suggest that Google will finally agree to live up to its promises to make its standard essential patents available to all on reasonable terms. Unfortunately, this agreement appears to be less demanding than the pledge the U.S. Department of Justice received from Apple and Microsoft nearly a year ago."

Heiner complained that Microsoft had raised the issue about the full-featured YouTube app almost two years ago, and while the European Commission and the FTC are both investigating the matter, Microsoft wants the matter resolved once and for all.

Microsoft is just one tech company that is consistently targeted by the European Commission regarding antitrust laws. It started in March 2004 when a European Commission high court found the company guilty of using tactics to freeze out its competitors in the media player and server software markets. It was fined $690 million.

Back in 2008, the EU fined Microsoft $1.4 billion for refusing to comply during its legal feud with the EU between July 2006 and October 2007. Microsoft was charged $3.83 million a day for each day of non-compliance.

Moving forward to 2009, the EU went after Microsoft again for tying Internet Explorer to Windows, and by doing so, Microsoft is "stealing" a unique and unfair advantage.

The EU has been on top of Microsoft throughout 2012, with most problems stemming from browser choices in Windows 7 and more browser issues with Windows RT.
In December, the Commission began investigating Microsoft's policy changes in Bing and Hotmail to make sure they comply with user privacy.

You can read Heiner's full post here.

Source: TechNet

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RE: Pot meet Kettle
By Tony Swash on 1/3/2013 11:06:41 AM , Rating: 1
It is oddly pleasing to see Microsoft on the receiving end of exactly the sort of tactics it itself used so many times in the past, back when it had some clout, but it makes me wonder if this is what Google means by 'Don't be Evil'.

RE: Pot meet Kettle
By Argon18 on 1/3/2013 11:39:51 AM , Rating: 2
Too true, Microsoft is the king of vendor lock-out, having forced people for years to use a Microsoft OS and Microsoft applications if they want access to the Microsoft Ecosystem.

Show me a current version of IE for Mac and Linux, also Office for Mac and Linux? How about all those websites that only work with IE, because they were written using Microsoft tools that create broken HTML code that only works in IE. There's a million examples of this anti-competitive BS from Microsoft, and it's refreshing to see them get a taste of their own anti-competitive medicine!

RE: Pot meet Kettle
By Tony Swash on 1/3/13, Rating: -1
RE: Pot meet Kettle
By przemo_li on 1/3/2013 1:25:40 PM , Rating: 2
The only shared part between Office for Windows, and Office for OSX is part of name ("Office for"). Everything else is separate product.

On the one hand its understandable (large code base, tightly integrated with Win), on the other hand it could be a lot better.

RE: Pot meet Kettle
By kleinma on 1/3/2013 1:34:03 PM , Rating: 3
almost nobody needs to use office on the mac anymore? Care to point to some stats there. I notice you like to post links when you feel you have facts to back up your BS, but then some of your nonsense comes with no attempt to even back up your crap.

If you want to talk about fumbling, you should look at the erosion of Apple in recent months. They are still riding their success wave, but since Jobs died it has been one debacle after the next.

RE: Pot meet Kettle
By ResStellarum on 1/3/13, Rating: 0
RE: Pot meet Kettle
By Mitch101 on 1/3/2013 2:29:04 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft office is coming to Tablets both Android and iOS.

Its rumored to occur the 1st quarter of this year. I wouldnt be surprised with Googles recent little tantrums toward Microsoft lately that Microsoft might delay Office for Android.

RE: Pot meet Kettle
By chripuck on 1/3/2013 2:54:41 PM , Rating: 2
Linux isn't owned by anybody. You can't be anti-competitive with a non-competitor.

RE: Pot meet Kettle
By Argon18 on 1/4/2013 4:37:59 PM , Rating: 1
Huh? Who told you that? The Linux kernel is copyrighted by Linus Torvalds. And Linux distributions are sold as commercial products by Red Hat and others. The ownership is clear, and the market segments and competitors are clear. I don't think you understand this subject matter too well.

RE: Pot meet Kettle
By dark matter on 1/6/2013 2:50:11 PM , Rating: 3
Actually Linux is held under an open commons license.

And Red Hat don't actually sell "linux" they sell the "Support Services" to keep it functional and to make it do what you ask.

It is you who doesn't understand this subject at all.

RE: Pot meet Kettle
By dark matter on 1/6/2013 2:51:16 PM , Rating: 1
Here, go and read before you talk shit.

RE: Pot meet Kettle
By dark matter on 1/6/2013 2:55:20 PM , Rating: 2
You can't sell something open source and bound by GPL.

Jesus, I'm through with you.

RE: Pot meet Kettle
By johnsonx on 1/7/2013 7:37:10 PM , Rating: 2
yes, I suspect Novell especially is playing the world's tinyest violin for microsoft's suffering.

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