Last week, a hearing was held before the European Court of General Justice in Luxembourg on Google’s appeal against the €4.34 billion fine imposed by the European Commission in 2018 in connection with the use by Google from its leading position in the mobile systems market since 2011 to remove competitors.
Google: people aren’t stupid and choose our search engine because it’s the best
According to the European Commission, Google has used the Android platform to strengthen its dominance in Internet search. The company has asked mobile phone manufacturers to ship Android devices with Google Search and Chrome browser preinstalled with the Google Play store, and has also blocked the use of certain Android variants created by third-party developers.
During the hearing, Google tried to substantiate the lack of basis for the European Commission’s decision on the fine. “The reason billions of people choose Google as their search engine every day isn’t because of an abuse of dominance. It’s because it’s the best,” attorney Meredith Pickford said Friday. last.
Pickford noted that the deals with phone makers were more about keeping Google competitive. “Consumers are by no means stupid. If Bing or another search engine was better than Google, people would turn to it,” he said, referring to Microsoft’s search engine.
In turn, European Commission lawyer Nicholas Khan called on the judges to support the European Commission’s decision to impose a fine on the American technology giant. “Google is giving itself a laurel wreath before the race begins,” according to Khan, adding that the extent of Google’s use of the practice fully justifies the fine.
Google has stopped supporting its search engine in the Internet Explorer browser
Microsoft has long shifted its focus from the archaic Internet Explorer browser to the much more modern and advanced Edge, especially after the latter moved to the Chromium engine. The next nail in Internet Explorer’s coffin will be google has stopped supporting its search service for this browser.
Recall that the latest version of Internet Explorer was available in 2013 with Windows 8.1. It wasn’t until 2021 that Google decided to end support. Now only basic information will appear in search. The service does not completely stop working with the browser; but the search user will only have access to the most basic functions.
According to Google programmer Malta Ubl, the company conducted an internal assessment; and concluded that the old browser simply wasn’t worth the company’s resources to support it. For overly stubborn retrogrades, there will be some usability options, but new features will not be available.
Microsoft itself intends to completely end support for the browser on June 15, 2022; when the corresponding software will be removed from all user versions of Windows 10. For now, the operating system comes with it as a solution for outdated websites; but with the appearance in Edge of the possibility of automatically browsing sites in IE mode; it is necessary in the old version; it has in fact completely disappeared.
Windows 11 will ship without Internet Explorer by default, only Microsoft Edge will be available. Moreover, even now, using Internet Explorer to surf modern sites is not only inconvenient, but also simply dangerous.