How much Microsoft loves Google is known by all.

Both companies have locked horns on a number of fronts, jabbing at each other. Microsoft even put up media campaigns to bring to notice what it calls malpractices by Google.

The war recently took a turn for the worse when Google announced that it will not be bringing any of its services to the Windows Phone or Windows 8 platform. As Andrew recently pointed out, even as trivial a thing as the YouTube API has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Shiesty, if you ask me, very sheisty.

While the war escalated in that part of the technology world, The Federal Trade Commission was probing Google for antitrust reasons. The decision was recently announced, and according to most analysts, Google got away pretty much scot-free.

Microsoft is understandably very disappointed with what Google is doing. Dave Heiner, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft released a statement on the TechNet blog:

“The FTC took steps today to address some of Google’s improper business practices. We find it troubling that the agency did not adhere to its own standard procedures that call for the agency to obtain industry input on proposed relief and secure it through an enforceable consent decree.

The FTC’s overall resolution of this matter is weak and—frankly—unusual. We are concerned that the FTC may not have obtained adequate relief even on the few subjects that Google has agreed to address.”

The Redmond giant still has hopes to see Google punished for its business practices, as a few other antitrust agencies (both in United States and other countries) are still investigating the search engine company:

“We remain hopeful that these agencies will stick to their established procedures, ensure transparency, and obtain the additional relief needed to address the serious competition law concerns that remain.”

Nevertheless, this has shades of the technology wars of late the 80s and 90s

Some would go as far to term this behavior by the technology titans as childish, because at the end of the day the only one that suffers are the users themselves.

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  • Misterbear Fapp

    I stopped using Google over a year ago. Now I only use Bing unless I want different results; rarely. Who would ever think Microsoft is the one that doesn’t want to be evil without making it their motto?

  • Marcus

    Dear Microsoft, pls stop whining and start innovating. If you want Google to code apps for win8 (which is not as bad as everybody claims, imho), just get enough people to use it.

    To get these users, just






    (and stop wasting money

    If you have an awesome product, users will sooner or later flock to you. And then you can stop wasting money by entertaining such blogs 😉

  • mrvanv

    92.1% of desktops run some version of Windows OS. Tablets seem split between iOS and Android with Windows RT a late comer. Why don’t you all just grow up and embrace an open standard like HTML5 and let the consumer have a simple choice of which service they wish to use without having to get stuck in proprietary code. The content is what should matter, not the means of accessing it.

  • Robert Kegel

    Is this whole thing just about Google not making apps for Windows 8 (or the majority of it)? I mean apple thrashed Windows with lies in their mac vs PC ads and Microsoft did nothing at all but they’re hurt because Google won’t be friends? apple is stealing ideas from both Microsoft and Google and these two companies are fighting with each other? If I were either company I’d be more pissed at apple but I guess they’d rather fight each other than the common enemy.

  • Jason Deveau

    I use bing unless I’m image searching. Bing still needs to address the poor display of images in their searches.