The shoe, as the say, is now officially on the other foot.
In a move which has shown how much the competitive landscape has moved in the past decade, Microsoft (MSFT) filed a formal complaint with the E.U. Commission over what it sees as anti-competitive tactics used by Google (GOOG).
Microsoft is still reeling from its own anti-trust settlement in the E.U. just two years ago. The decade long fight ended with Microsoft creating a browser ballot box in its Windows operating system and having to pay out almost $2.5B in fines.
"The company that was the 800-pound gorilla is now resorting to antitrust, where it is always the case that the also-rans sue the winners," said Michael A. Cusumano, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management who has studied Microsoft to the NYTimes.
The complaint is that Google uses its market-leading position in search to block competitors (such as Microsoft) from entering search and other related fields. Microsoft breaks these down with six examples:
A curated selection of the weekend's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop revealed over the weekend that Microsoft outbid Google and will pay Nokia "billions" for the right to have its recently-introduced Windows Phone 7 operating system run on the handset maker's devices. Elop also hinted the first Windows Phone 7 are likely to come out this year instead of next. (Computerworld)
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By creating an alliance that will take a year to materialize, Microsoft is alienating its other mobile partners and ceding the lower and mid-range smartphone market to Google.
Everybody saw it coming but the Microsoft-Nokia announcement is still shaking the market today. Nokia's(NOK) shares have just fallen off a cliff (right) losing 12% of their value ($5B) on the news. Microsoft (MSFT) shares are faring better but its current smartphone partners (LG, Samsung, MORESeth Weintraub - Feb 11, 2011 11:19 AM ET
Nokia could've picked the fast-growing Android and been a star in the Google-verse. So why is it going with the riskier Microsoft Phone OS?
It's official – Nokia and Microsoft have teamed up to take on rivals Apple and Google. The two companies announced their partnership Friday morning, just hours before a strategy and finance briefing hosted by Nokia (NOK) in London. As expected, the Finnish phonemaker also unveiled other strategic MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Feb 11, 2011 10:09 AM ET
In a turf war between Android and Windows Phone 7, Apple's iPhone could be the winner
"The major event in the [past] quarter," writes Needham's Charlie Wolf in a note to clients issued Friday, "was the successful launch of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's new smartphone operating system."
With so much at stake, he expects Microsoft (MSFT) to compete aggressively with Google (GOOG) for the loyalty of the major smartphone manufacturers: HTC, Samsung, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 10, 2010 7:33 AM ET
As developers decide whether and how to support Microsoft's nascent mobile OS, some have found that creating augmented reality and video chat apps isn't possible, at least for now.
For Microsoft (MSFT), Windows Phone 7 represents an attempt at righting its serious fumbles in the mobile space. In recent years, as Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) introduced and aggressively updated iOS and Android, Microsoft's mobile OS fell further and further behind, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 22, 2010 10:44 AM ET
The new smartphone OS from Microsoft is receiving praise for usability on par with iPhone and Android's experiences. But to reel consumers in, Microsoft will have to court app developers first.
In an exploding market where an estimated $6.2 billion will be spent on 4.5 billion mobile apps this year alone, consumers find themselves essentially deluged with a large selection of smartphones powered by an increasing number of mobile operating systems MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 21, 2010 11:39 AM ET
How the major smartphone operating systems carved up the global market in Q2
The headlines pop out of the pie charts at right, drawn from data released by Gartner, Inc. Thursday.
Nokia's (NOK) Symbian, Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry OS and Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Mobile continue to lose share in the worldwide smartphone market.
Apple's (AAPL) iOS grew modestly in Q2, from a 13% market share to 14.2%.
Google's (GOOG) Android grew explosively, from MORE
With Windows Mobile device sales on the decline, HTC more than makes up with Android. The Wall Street Journal points out (subscription required) that HTC posted a profit of $268 million for Q2 2010. That's up 33% year over year from $202 million in Q2 2009 and the highest HTC has posted since it changed its accounting practices in 2007. HTC reported $1.88 billion in revenue, $280 million over its estimates MORESeth Weintraub - Jul 6, 2010 12:53 PM ET
In the converging market for mobile devices, vendors vie for second place, says an analyst
Things look bleak for everybody but Apple (AAPL) and maybe Google (GOOG) in a brief report to clients issued Monday by Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore.
"The distinction between smartphones, tablets and low-end notebooks is blurring rapidly," he writes. "Currently there are just two main competitors where we believe Apple's user experience is industry leading and Android is MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 21, 2010 12:05 PM ET
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