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Heiner said the investigation was important not just to Microsoft but to "thousands of smaller companies whose businesses depend on a competitive search marketplace."
As evidence of unfair competitive practices, Heiner noted that "Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone," despite complaints to the European Commission and the FTC.
Protesting Too Much?
Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, said he was surprised at the FTC outcome.
"Apparently the agency was convinced by Google's implementation plan and its arguments against revealing its proprietary code and algorithms," King told us. "Competitors' melodramatic howls of outrage are also unsurprising and, in the case of Microsoft anyway, ironic in the extreme."
Microsoft was the subject of a far larger antitrust investigation and litigation.
"But the broader context of the ruling -- particularly the fact that it came during an administration which is far friendlier to regulation than we've seen for the better part of two decades -- is more important," King said. "That the FTC is willing to face a significant fire of public criticism suggests that the ruling is probably fundamentally right."