Microsoft and Google have had a rocky relationship for as long as we can remember, but on Friday the two companies took a big step towards become friendly competitors instead of bitter rivals. Reuters reports that the tech giants will drop all regulatory complaints against each other.
Google and Microsoft said they prefer to compete directly in the consumer market and hope to settle any future disputes without help from regulators.
“Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities,” a company spokesperson told Reuters.” We will continue to focus on competing vigorously for business and for customers.”
Last year, the two companies agreed to drop 18 different patent infringement cases against each other in the U.S. and Germany. Microsoft and Google seem to have a pretty cordial relationship these days, partially thanks to new leadership at both companies. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, in particular, has pushed for a more open approach, happily bringing the software giant’s core services to competing platforms.