Google has claimed that it is not surprised that Microsoft complained to the European Commission about its business practices in Europe.
Microsoft filed an official complaint with the European Commission against Google, claiming that the company uses its dominant market position to undermine competition. In Particular Microsoft had complained that Google deliberately undermined the performance of YouTube on its Windows Phone 7 platform.
“Our filing today focuses on a pattern of actions that Google has taken to entrench its dominance in the markets for online search and search advertising to the detriment of European consumers,” Microsoft had said.
“We're not surprised that Microsoft has done this, since one of their subsidiaries was one of the original complainants. For our part, we continue to discuss the case with the European Commission and we're happy to explain to anyone how our business works,” Google said in a statement, responding to Microsoft’s allegations.
The European Commission has allowed Google to present its side of the story before it decides whether Google is guilty of antitrust practices. If found guilty, Google could be fined as much as 10 per cent of its revenue and forced to change the way it runs its business.