Microsoft confirms that it has agreed with the Mountain View, Calif., tech giant to withdraw complaints with regulators each has filed against the other.
Microsoft and Google have buried the legal hatchet.
The technology giants, competitors in everything from search to smartphones, have agreed to withdraw complaints against each other filed with regulators worldwide.
Microsoft and Google confirmed the deal after news on the agreement emerged Friday, with Microsoft saying its legal priorities had changed.
As part of the agreement, the companies agreed to take up future concerns with each other before going to the authorities.
Most Read Business Stories
- As Seattle's new hotels roll out automation to serve guests, workers worry
- Boeing discovers flaw in sought-after 737 MAX simulator, the same kind that Ethiopian Airlines had
- A war is brewing over lithium mining at the edge of Death Valley VIEW
- Ethiopian Airlines calls criticism of its pilots an effort to 'divert public attention' from Boeing 737 MAX flaws
- Make a home down payment without wrecking your finances
Both companies said they would seek to compete in the marketplace, rather than legal or regulatory proceedings.
The regulatory peace between the two companies is another sign of emerging detente under new leadership in Redmond and Mountain View, Calif.
Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella, appointed in 2014, and Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai, who took the top job at the Alphabet subsidiary last year, are among the same generation of Indian-born engineers who found success in American technology industry.
Under Steve Ballmer, Nadella’s predecessor, Google was often enemy No. 1, illustrated in memorable episodes like an expletive-filled pledge to “kill Google” after the company hired away a prominent Microsoft engineer, according to court documents. Microsoft at one point launched a public-relations campaign, dubbed “Scroogled,” accusing Google of shoddy privacy and search ranking practices.
The companies have tangled in court and before regulators over topics such as smartphone patents and antitrust investigations in the U.S. and European Union.
News of the deal comes the same week as the European Union broadened its battle against Google, alleging that the company rigs the global market for mobile apps with its Android operating system.