March 31, 2011- Google Inc. de-emphasized the implication of an antitrust suit filed by one of its biggest competitors, Microsoft, today and stated its negotiations were carrying on with European Union legislators.
The spokesman for Google in Europe, Al Verney, declared,”We’re not surprised that Microsoft has done this, since one of their subsidiaries was one of the original complainants.”
Google continues to be “happy to explain to anyone how our business works,” Mr. Verney stated.
The spokesperson for the European Unions’ Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, Amelia Torres, went on record saying that Google would be presented with “an opportunity to comment and to give its own version of the facts” after the suit.
Torres stressed that the European Union’s inquiry into Google was only at a “preliminary stage.”
The new suit filed by Microsoft widens the girth of a previous European case looking into anitrust violations by Google and focuses on whether Google is withholding pivotal technologies like application programming interfaces that assist the progress of connection to Google’s products and services to an arch rival.