Sep 21, 2021 - Technology

Google-backed report hits Microsoft dominance

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Microsoft's 85% share of the productivity business within the U.S. government market is part of a harmful "monoculture" that stifles innovation, according to a new report commissioned by Google and the Computer & Communications Industry Association.

Between the lines: The report is the latest example of Google and Microsoft going after one another since the companies scrapped a pact to avoid direct attacks.

The big picture: Microsoft's huge share of the office productivity suite market isn't new. What's new is that it has a well-heeled and sizable competitor in Google.

Yes, but: The report, from market research firm Omdia, notes that Microsoft's dominance extends beyond Office, with the company using that stronghold to gain ground with emerging products, including its Azure cloud and Microsoft Teams communications software.

  • "This has the effect of stymieing diversity in ancillary markets reinforcing 'monoculture' decisions across government," the report said.

Of note: Google is defending several antitrust lawsuits by the Justice Department and states. Microsoft has largely avoided regulatory action after surviving its own legal showdown over monopoly charges nearly two decades ago.

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