Microsoft, Google agree to stop complaining to regulators about each other

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In a statement issued to the publication, Microsoft said it has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against the search giant, a move that reflects its changing legal priorities.

"Our companies compete vigorously, but we want to do so on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings", reads a similar statement provided by Google.

A source close to the company tells Business Insider that this retreat from regulatory fights is a "natural" extension of an action taken in September, where the two companies agreed to drop all patent litigation.

Although Microsoft has withdrawn its antitrust complaints, Google still faces an investigation into its business practices. Speaking to Re/code, the companies have said they will attempt to work out any issues between themselves in the future, before getting regulators involved. In October past year, the two agreed to end patent disputes, which had lasted for almost half a decade.

This comes on the heels of the European Union lodging a formal anti-trust complaint against Android, charging that the extent to which Google prioritizes its own services on Android devices prevents healthy competition in the market.

The only people this new detente agreement will hurt is the lawyers, and no one's going to cry salt tears that they won't be able to buy such lovely summer houses using fees from Microsoft and Google.

We're positive that both companies, have taken a step to start afresh and focus their energy and resources into building upgraded technologies, rather than fighting cases in court all-day. Nadella and Google CEO Sundar Pichai are said to have a warmer relationship than previous CEOs of those two companies did.

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