Microsoft Behind Court War on Us: Google
Google antitrust complaints linked to rival
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2010 4:00 AM CST
FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2009 file photo, the Microsoft logo is seen at the company's exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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(Newser) – As Google faces a slew of antitrust suits from US and European companies with connections to rival Microsoft, the search engine giant believes Microsoft is "scouring court dockets around the world looking for complaints against Google into which they can inject themselves," a Google spokesman tells the Wall Street Journal. Microsoft denies waging a proxy battle against Google, but confirms that it is frequently contacted by and "encourages" parties with complaints about Google, according to a Microsoft spokesman.

Google claims that Microsoft is preparing the way for a broader attack on Google's market dominance, and in doing so is using many of the same tactics that were used against Microsoft, itself recently a major target of antitrust suits. Microsoft came under attack for bundling its browser with its operating system to consolidate its dominance—similar, critics say, to Google's current behavior as it moves into email, maps, and video.