Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's Testimony in DOJ's Google Antitrust Trial

02.10.2023 posted by Admin

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Testifies in DOJ's Google Antitrust Trial

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is scheduled to testify in the Justice Department's antitrust trial against Google. The DOJ alleges that Google's search division, part of Alphabet Inc., is illegally maintaining a monopoly by paying $10 billion annually to make its search engine the default choice on mobile devices and web browsers, a claim Google denies.

To support its case, the DOJ plans to use Nadella's testimony, along with that of other Microsoft executives, to illustrate that even a company as large as Microsoft couldn't break Google's hold on the search market.

Recently, Microsoft's business development executive, Jonathan Tinter, testified that despite offering more favorable terms than Google, Microsoft failed to secure a deal to have its Bing search app on Apple products. Instead, Apple renewed its agreement with Google.

Tinter also revealed that Microsoft's Surface Duo smartphone had to use Google search to license the Android mobile operating system and couldn't use Bing on its own devices. Some of these matters were discussed between Nadella and Google's Sundar Pichai, and Nadella is likely to be questioned about these conversations.

Nadella played a pivotal role in creating Bing, a project aimed at competing with Google and capturing a portion of the online advertising market. Although Bing gained traction on desktop computers through integration with Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Edge browser, it struggled on mobile devices, where Google is the dominant choice. Several years ago, Microsoft even explored selling Bing to Apple as a potential alternative to Google on iPhones, but the deal never materialized.
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