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Microsoft And Google Ditch Private Deal to Not Sue Each Other

Are the floodgates opening on legal battles between Microsoft and Google? A private deal to avoid litigations has now ended.

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It is not uncommon for companies to get into legal disputes. Over recent years, has taken to courtrooms against , , and several other tech companies. One company Microsoft has not had legal tussles with is (Alphabet), but that may be about to change soon.

You see, the reason Microsoft and Google have avoided legal wrangling is not because they love each other so much. Instead, the two Big Tech giants have been participating in a legal truce. This six-year pact is about to come to an end, so the floodgates may open.

The two companies privately entered a truce that means no direct legal actions against the other, according to the Financial Times. Of course, over the years since that 2015 deal, the companies have traded plenty of barbs, but they have been reserved for marketing campaigns.

It seems the specifics of the truce meant any issues one company had with another would be dealt with internally. In other words, Microsoft and Google agreed not to rat each other out to regulators but instead try to resolve their conflicts privately.

Broken Deal

As well as ensuring issues did not become public and reach courtrooms, the agreement allowed Microsoft and Google to build a decent collaborative relationship. The Financial Times reports the renewal term for the agreement was April this year and both companies passed on the deal.

While it would be fun to think the companies ditched the deal so they could engage in all-out wars in courtrooms, the decision is more practical. Congress is currently putting more scrutiny and regulations on Big Tech.

It is hardly a good look to have a locked in agreement between two companies that they will aim to avoid regulatory action by working together behind the scenes.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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