Microsoft Following Monopolistic Agenda In Cloud & GenAI Development, google Alleges


Amit Zavery, Vice President of google Cloud, highlighted Microsoft's historical dominance in on-premise software and its apparent efforts to extend this control into the cloud domain.

Alphabet's google Cloud has intensified its critique of Microsoft's strategies in cloud computing, alleging that the tech giant is pursuing a monopolistic agenda detrimental to the advancement of nascent technologies like generative artificial intelligence, reported Reuters. This comes amidst growing scrutiny in various regions including Britain, the european union, and the united states regarding the market dominance wielded by microsoft and amazon in the realm of cloud services. Despite being a major player, google Cloud lags far behind these leading competitors.


Amit Zavery, Vice President of google Cloud, expressed concerns in an interview with Reuters, particularly highlighting Microsoft's historical dominance in on-premise software and its apparent efforts to extend this control into the cloud domain. Zavery warned against the creation of a "walled garden" by microsoft, which could limit customer choice and innovation, especially in emerging fields like AI. He emphasized the need for regulatory intervention to prevent the consolidation of power by microsoft in the cloud market.


As per the report, responding to these allegations, a spokesperson from microsoft defended the competitive landscape, citing recent data that suggests healthy competition among major cloud providers. microsoft President Brad Smith also indirectly addressed Google's accusations, noting the comprehensive integration of AI capabilities across Microsoft's ecosystem, from hardware to app stores.


Zavery further criticized Microsoft's approach to individual agreements with cloud vendors, arguing that such deals fail to address broader issues of market fairness. While microsoft asserts its responsiveness to concerns raised by independent cloud providers, Zavery suggests that these actions do not fully address the underlying problems of market dominance and unfair competition.


In response to Zavery's criticisms, a microsoft spokesperson reiterated the company's efforts to collaborate with cloud providers and adjust licensing terms to accommodate their concerns, pointing out that over 100 cloud providers worldwide have already benefited from these changes.

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