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).
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:
Google hasn’t formally responded to the charges only saying it hadn’t done anything wrong. Google is also facing anti-trust fears in the U.S., most recently with the Texas Attorney General and over its proposed ITA acquisition.