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The end of Google and Microsoft's truce could open the floodgates

The Google Logo in Black and White under a sepia shade
The Google Logo in Black and White under a sepia shade (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google and Microsoft's truce came to an end in April after a failure to renew it.
  • The truce brought closer cooperation between the companies, who also agreed to handle matters internally without litigation.
  • The end of the truce could spell conflict between the two companies.

Google and Microsoft have reportedly ended a nearly six-year-long truce between the two companies, Financial Times reports. The end of the agreement could signal the return of very public drama between the two companies as pressure from regulators rises.

The 2015 agreement between the two companies put an end to ongoing legal battles and public bickering, with the companies instead handling any conflicts internally, according to Financial Times. The pact also led to increased cooperation between the two companies, which can be seen in the deep integration between Windows computers and the best Android phones as well as work on Android foldables like the Microsoft Surface Duo.

The agreement reportedly came to an end in April and was not renewed, suggesting growing tensions between the two companies. There have also been signs that cooperation has been breaking down between Microsoft and Google.

For example, Microsoft and Google have recently been in a public spat over the latter's handling of news and media content in Australia in the wake of new regulations.

Microsoft president Brad Smith criticized Google's monopolistic behavior over ad practices, saying that news organizations "can no longer sell directly to those who want to place ads," ad instead to go through Google for everything.

Meanwhile, Google retorted by saying that Microsoft would "be eager to impose an unworkable levy on a rival and increase their market share."

Additionally, during the recent unveiling of Windows 11, Microsoft notably chose to introduce Android apps to the platform by sidestepping Google and partnering with Amazon.

Financial Times points out that the end of the agreement may have to do with increased pressure from regulatory bodies on Big Tech. While Microsoft has managed to largely stay out of the spotlight in recent antitrust issues, Google has remained a large focus for policymakers. The company, along with Amazon, Apple, and Facebook, faces new legislation that could weaken its grip on the market.

Neither Google nor Microsoft were immediately available to comment.

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

8 Comments
  • I guess there will be a lot of happy lawyers out there looking at the Ferrari catalogs.
  • Corporate lawyers everywhere are salivating
  • "Neither Facebook nor Microsoft were immediately available to comment." Shouldn't it be "Neither Google nor Microsoft..." ?
  • This is what I get for trying to multitask
  • Leeeeets get reeeeeeady toooo rrrruuuumble!
  • Personally I'm all for the renewed rivalry and everyone has a side they're on and I'm team Google, I couldn't care less about Microsoft outside of Xbox. Rivalry is good and will drive innovation between both Microsoft and Google.
  • O_o than you should like Amazon's App Store getting Windows support..
  • Maybe if Amazon and Microsoft eventually bring Google apps then they might succeed because it's a major contribution as to why Windows Phone failed because of the lack of Google apps and developers not being interested in the platform, Microsoft partnering with Google would have been better but both of them let their pride get in the way of an unstoppable business partnership. I'm just not a fan of the Amazon app store on their tablets, it's too restrictive and limited.