Microsoft cries foul on Yahoo!-Google Japan deal
Hunts down Japanese FTC
Microsoft will try to stop Yahoo! from hooking up with Google in Japan.
Bing daddy Microsoft told The Reg it will object to Yahoo! Japan's alliance with Google, announced this week, in a presentation to Japan's Fair Trade Commission.
A Microsoft spokesperson said: "We plan to present evidence to the Japanese FTC explaining why we believe that this deal is substantially more harmful to competition than Google’s deal with Yahoo in 2008 that the DOJ found to be illegal."
Microsoft told All-About-Microsoft's Mary-Jo Foley a tie up would give Google virtually 100 per cent of all searches in the country and deliver control of all personal searches by consumers and business to the internet's biggest search and ads company.
Earlier this week, Yahoo! Japan said it will switch to Google's search engine from the one it had developed and would use online advertising and distribution from Google.
It's a mirror of the agreement between Microsoft and Yahoo! elsewhere in the world, where Yahoo!'s search and ads platform is being lifted out and Microsoft's Bing is being slotted in. The switch-over is due for completion during September and October.
Yahoo! Japan isn't a fully owned extension of Yahoo! US. Japanese phone and internet service provider Softbank has a 40 per cent stake in the operation with Yahoo! on 30 per cent.
Yahoo! Japan has around 50 per cent of all searches in Japan, with Google on 45 per cent and Microsoft in single digits. ®
Only 3 comments so far and already we've had "Micro$oft" and "micros~1".
Cry Me River
Microsoft have the monopoly on desktops and therefore have the monopoly on preconfiguring world+dogs browsers to their own search engine yet the still whine-whine-whine when things don't go their way.
Here's a clue for you twats at Redmond. People have to actively choose to use Google or yahoo or whatever.
Now there's a word for you idiots to look up *CHOICE*. How about you go to Google and enter "define choice" in there and then go off until you actually comprehend the answer you get.
When people get to choose whether to use Winblows or not when they buy a PC then I might start caring a tiny amount about your attempts to monopolize in other markets.
Then again, probably not.
Oh noes, evil Google is making Microsoft cry1! Waah, waa...
Please, someone call the wambulance and tell there is emergency in Redmond, WA
And tell them to bring some chairs too.