Microsoft CEO backs investigation of App Store: Some app stores abuse people’s minds

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president, says some app stores take advantage of software developers’ eagerness to distribute software, so it’s time for antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe to look into how it works. A Microsoft spokesman said that while Smith did not mention Apple, he was referring to the Apple App Store. European antitrust regulators on Tuesday launched an investigation into Apple’s policies, arguing that developers may have been forced to give it an excessive share of the revenue.

Microsoft CEO backs investigation of App Store: Some app stores abuse people's minds

Brad Smith pictured from WiKiMedia

At an event on Politico’s website thursday, Mr. Smith said Microsoft Windows was found guilty of breaking the law 20 years ago when it came under an antitrust investigation. But some of today’s app stores make fair competition more difficult than it was at the time.

“Their rules gradually create an environment in which access to our platform sedituated through the gates we have built. “In some cases, they charge very high tolls, even as much as 30 percent. “

An Apple spokesman has yet to respond to a request for comment. The U.S. Department of Justice also declined to comment.

“It’s time for Washington, D.C., and For Brussels to focus on the features, rules, divisions of the App Store. It’s also time to have some communication about whether antitrust laws are really fair. Smith said.

Microsoft’s concerns about Apple’s App Store are clear. All developers who want to get into Apple’s platform must give them a 15 to 30 percent revenue share, as does Microsoft’s Office and Outlook subscription fees through the Apple App Store. Microsoft also can’t direct customers to sign up through its website, because Apple doesn’t allow such a way to bypass its charging mechanism.

Spotify and other software developers have previously complained about the model. Microsoft, on the other hand, has a direct competition with Apple’s services, and the iPhone doesn’t have to share revenue with anyone.

Apple says it is the head of the App Store and needs to charge to support developers and distribute apps and services for them.

In addition to productivity software, Apple’s App Store rules prevent companies such as Microsoft from rolling out new cloud computing services on iPhones and iPads.

In response to the EU survey on Tuesday, Apple said: “We are disappointed with the EU’s approach, stemming from unfounded complaints from a small number of companies that just want to hitch a ride and don’t want to follow the same rules as everyone else.” “