Google and Microsoft’s relationship is an interesting one, filled with periods of aggression (Scroogled, anyone?), as well as cooperation. Recently things have been leaning more towards the rosier side, however, especially with the October 2015 announcement that the two tech giants would no longer be going after one another when it comes to mobile patent feuds. Taking things a step further, Redmond and Mountain View have now vowed to leave regulators out of their relationship as well.
Simply put, a new agreement between Microsoft and Google will see the companies dropping all pending regulatory complaints against one another, globally. They also pledge to come to one another first about future issues before tattling on each other to regulators.
Here’s the official statement from Microsoft about the matter:
Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities. We will continue to focus on competing vigorously for business and for customers.
Google echoed similar sentiments saying:
Our companies compete vigorously, but we want to do so on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings.
While we’ll never know all the details involved with the agreement, it’s pretty clear that Microsoft and Google’s relationship is heading in a healthier place and it’s a situation larger attributed to the more cordial relationship shared by Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, especially when compared to Steve Ballmer and Eric Schmidt.
For that matter, ever since Nadella has taken the reigns at Microsoft we’ve seen an MS that is more willing to work with Android and iOS, even sometimes devoting more resources to these platforms than its own fledgling Windows 10 Mobile OS. Will the good times last? What are your thoughts on the situation? Share in the comments below.