It’s been said that some companies should rely more on innovation and less on litigation. There’s another saying that says one should keep their friends close, and enemies closer. We may never know which (if either) of these were the reason why Microsoft and Google have decided to bury the hatchet, but that’s where we are. Microsoft and Google have, in fact, called a truce. Each company has declared that they will attempt to work with each other rather than running directly to regulators or lawyers.
Still don’t believe it? Re/Code was able to get statements from both companies, confirming their new found chumminess. First up, the Redmond software company:
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 said largely the same thing, asserting their intentions to compete honorably (and also vigorously).
Our companies compete vigorously, but we want to do so on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings.
So we see that there will still be vigor in the competition between Microsoft and Google, but more of a friendly rivalry rather than a contentious standoff. Re/Code points to the changes in leadership for both companies paving the way for this move. Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella enjoy a much more friendly relationship than previous bosses Eric Schmidt and Steve Ballmer. Where Ballmer and Schmidt butted heads on multiple issues, Nadella has made a point to get Microsoft apps and services running on not only Android, but iOS.
With this new arrangement, Google and Microsoft will try to settle any future differences among themselves, which is an admirable venture. Microsoft has also dropped out of FairSearch and ICOMP, two groups that were looking to bring antitrust actions against Google’s search business.
So Microsoft and Google getting along… dogs and cats living together… tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.Source: Re/Code