Ballmer: Google’s a Monopoly
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Chief Executive Officer Steven Ballmer vented some frustrations about rival Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), which he called a “monopoly,” at Microsoft’s meeting with investors on Thursday, according to a report from the Verge.
Ballmer said of Microsoft’s Bing that “we are the only person left on the planet trying to compete with” Google’s search business. Bing is the second most-used search engine in the U.S. with a 17.9 percent of search share. It’s a distance second place, as Google has almost 67 percent. Bing’s growth in market share has also eaten away at rivals Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) and AOL (NYSE:AOL) rather than Google.
“I do believe that Google’s practices are worthy of discussion with competition authority, and we have certainly discussed them with competition authorities,” said Ballmer. “I don’t think their practices are getting less meritorious of discussion.”