After a decade of fighting between Microsoft and Google, they make a peace now. The two tech giants signed a deal that would have both of them dropping complaints against each other and working together on settling their disputes without the need for antitrust watchdogs, fines and regulations that would only affect their businesses on 22nd April 2016, Friday.
Google spokesperson said that, “Our companies compete vigorously, but we want to do so on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings. As a result, following our patent agreement, we’ve now agreed to withdraw regulatory complaints against one another.”
Microsoft representative said that, “Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities. We will continue to focus on competing vigorously for business and for customers.”
Microsoft helped to fund ICOMP, an industry group that aided many of smaller companies complaining about Google and it was among the first to file antitrust complaints against Google. A senior executive said earlier this year that the two companies were now friends. Microsoft also dropped out of ICOMP and another anti-Google group, FairSearch.