Microsoft turns to Brussels in Google complaint

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Series Details 1.4.11
Publication Date 01/04/2011
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Microsoft formally turned to the EU for help in its flagging attempts to counter Google’s dominant position in internet search, March 2011, marking a notable reversal after its own long-running antitrust battles with Europe.

The software company filed its first official complaint to the European Commission, 31 March 2011, accusing Google of a 'pattern of walling off content and data' on the internet to prevent other search engines from being able to compete effectively.

The complaint comes amid a broad investigation in the European Commission's competition department into Google’s search and advertising practices, triggered by complaints from three companies in 2010, one of which is now a part of Microsoft.

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BBC News, 31.3.11: Microsoft takes Google complaint to EU http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12918059
EurActiv, 1.4.11: Microsoft files EU competition complaint against Google http://www.euractiv.com/infosociety/microsoft-files-eu-competition-c-news-503699

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