Microsoft and Google are about to “fight” again! Netizen: great

Today you sue me for patent infringement, and tomorrow I will announce the loopholes in your software.

Six years after the armistice, Microsoft and Google are about to “fight” again.

As the two major technology giants involved in many fields such as search engines and browsers, Microsoft and Google have been fighting for many years: today you sued me for patent infringement, and tomorrow I will announce the loopholes in your software. It is a veritable pair. “enemy”.

After fighting for many years, the “enemy” finally felt tired in 2015. The two parties reached an agreement to settle the settlement and terminated nearly 20 patent infringement lawsuits.

However, according to people familiar with the matter recently, this agreement has expired in mid-April this year, and Microsoft and Google have both decided not to renew, which means that they both agree to start prosecuting each other again.

Gratitudes and grievances have continued

Throughout the past ten years of Microsoft and Google, both before and after reaching an agreement, the two sides have always had grievances.

Microsoft and Google are about to "fight" again! Netizen: great
  • YouTube events

In May 2013, Microsoft updated the Windows Phone version of the YouTube application, but this update caused great dissatisfaction with Google (the owner of YouTube): Microsoft released this version of the YouTube application without Google’s consent to support users to download The video also blocked ads.

This made Google furious and demanded that Microsoft immediately remove it and stop supporting the app: “You ban ads and allow video downloads. This is ruining a sustainable source of income for content creators, and it has also caused serious damage to YouTube’s prosperous content ecosystem. hurt.”

Subsequently, Microsoft updated the WP version of the Youtube application, but the updated version only cannot download videos, and the advertisements are still blocked. However, Microsoft expressed its willingness to cooperate with Google to develop the official application to solve the problem, and Google also agreed to this invitation. It is rare to usher in a peace period of nearly 3 months.

But three months later, the war broke out again: Microsoft released a WP version of the YouTube app that met Google’s requirements. It not only had ads, but also added functions such as uploading videos. However, Google stated that “Microsoft did not upgrade the browser to support YouTube’s full-featured experience , And republished the YouTube application that violated our terms of service” as a reason, unilaterally disabled the WP version of the YouTube application.

Microsoft couldn’t bear it anymore, and wrote a long article called “The Limitations of Google’s Openness” and reprimanded Google for unreasonably banning the new WP version of the YouTube application.

  • Find the vulnerability incident

When it comes to the contradiction between Microsoft and Google, finding loopholes is definitely one of the representatives.

In 2010, a Google engineer reported a Windows vulnerability to Microsoft, but he only gave Microsoft 5 days to fix and release patches (in the security industry, companies or experts that find such 0-day vulnerabilities generally give software developers a warning. Allow a 60-day reaction period). As you can imagine, Microsoft was unable to complete the repair within 5 days. The engineer not only disclosed the information about the vulnerability, but for fear that hackers didn’t know how to use it, he gave an example of a set of hands-on tutorials on the attack code. I was so angry with Microsoft.

In 2015, Google did the same again. In September 2014, Google discovered a security vulnerability in Win 8 and notified Microsoft . This time, Google “gracefully” gave Microsoft a 90-day response period. But as of January 2, 2015, Microsoft still did not release a patch for this vulnerability, and Google relentlessly disclosed the vulnerability information, and made the method of exploiting the vulnerability to invade the system public.

Chris Betz, senior director of the Microsoft Security Center, published a long blog “Call for Better Coordinated Disclosure of Vulnerabilities” to accuse Google of this:
We have asked Google to cooperate with us and wait until we release the patch on January 13 before we announce the details of the vulnerability to protect our customers. However, Google did not agree to even announce the vulnerability. It is not so much that it is not knowing how to work, it is more of a gloating mentality to make users pay for all this.

This is not over yet, this happened again in 2016. Google once again discovered a major vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows system, but from the notification to the disclosure, Google only gave Microsoft 10 days . As soon as the 10-day deadline expired, Google disclosed the vulnerability in its security blog. The reason is that malware is already exploiting this vulnerability to attack the Chrome browser, so Google can only publish a Chrome patch for the vulnerability as soon as possible.

But this approach obviously ignores Microsoft’s “life and death”, so Microsoft strongly condemns Google: “The information released by Google today is likely to put users in a dangerous situation!”

However, as the saying goes, the way of heaven is reincarnation, and the sky forgive anyone, Microsoft naturally does not want to unilaterally be “torn” by Google again and again. In 2017, Microsoft also found a remote Chrome vulnerability in Google , and wrote a blog post about the remote code execution problem in Chrome, and criticized Google for only fixing the vulnerability in the Chrome beta version, and then providing a fix on Github. The source code of the program, which gives the attacker clues to attack the stable and public beta versions of Chrome that have not yet fixed vulnerabilities.

  • Browser Battle

Last year, the new version of Edge based on Chromium was officially launched, but when users tried to add extensions from the Chrome Web Store using the new Edge browser, a message popped up: “Google recommends that you switch to Chrome to use extensions safely.”

In addition, if you search for “Chrome Web Store” with Microsoft’s Bing, the first one that appears is not a “Chrome Web Store” website recommendation, but Microsoft’s own Microsoft Edge browser download recommendation.

The above three contradictions are just one of the countless grievances between Microsoft and Google. The non-aggression agreement reached between the two parties in 2015 only effectively reduced litigation between each other. Even if there is cooperation between them, the contradictions cannot be ignored.

“Non-infringement” agreement expires, no longer renewal

According to foreign media arsTECHNICA, there are roughly two reasons why Microsoft will not renew this non-aggression agreement.

First, since last year , Microsoft has been complaining about Google’s advertising management tool Search Ads 360’s procrastination over some of the new ad formats that support Bing, and has contacted UK and US regulators on this issue . In addition, Google also uses automated auctions to provide faster bidding details for its advertising spots on its search engine, but this tool is not available on Bing, causing advertisers to find that it is more convenient to buy ads on Google than on Bing. easy.

Microsoft President Brad Smith said that because Google is unwilling to cooperate with Bing, it brings hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising revenue losses to the company every year.

Secondly, although regulators have been targeting large technology companies such as Google and Apple to conduct antitrust reviews recently, Microsoft has remained relatively safe so far, and even became the second U.S. IPO with a market value of over 2 trillion US dollars. the company. The reason may be that although Microsoft has recently achieved good results in cloud computing and games, Microsoft does not occupy an absolute dominant position in these areas, so it has not attracted the attention of regulatory agencies.

Therefore, according to people familiar with the matter, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft President Brad Smith are both eager to prove to regulators that Microsoft has not done the questioned monopolistic behaviors like Google, hoping to keep a distance from the targets being censored . After the agreement is over, Microsoft can also file various lawsuits against Google to provide more evidence for Google’s antitrust case.

At the same time, Google has become increasingly disappointed with the recent Microsoft attacks, and the six-year peace agreement has finally ended.

Netizen: great

Many netizens actually “support” the fact that Microsoft and Google may be about to return to the days when they litigated each other six years ago:

Netizen @Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer: “This is great. Recently, the two of them are too close to each other and I feel very uncomfortable.”

Netizen @Happysin: “Any move that forces regulators to pay close attention to what is happening in these giant companies is a good thing.”

Netizen @jdvorak: “This non-aggression agreement should have been subject to strict scrutiny by the competition authority a few years ago. People just want to know which deals they have concluded in order to reduce competition and cause harm to customers in this situation. It allows People think of the non-compete agreement that Silicon Valley companies comply with regarding mutual digging of employees, which restricts employees’ pay.”

Some people also think whether this is related to Microsoft’s mention of downloading Android App in Amazon Appstore when it released Windows 11:

“Is this why Windows 11 uses the Amazon App Store?”

“It’s hard not to let people guess what Microsoft thinks: My friendship with Google is over, and Amazon is now my best friend.”

So what do you think of the “breakup” between Microsoft and Google?

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