More pressure on Apple to clarify the rules that govern the App Store, just in time for next week’s developers conference.
From Bloomberg’s “Microsoft Says Antitrust Bodies Need to Review Apple App Store” posted Thursday afternoon:
Microsoft President Brad Smith said it’s time for antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe to discuss tactics that app stores use to take advantage of those who want to distribute their software…
Some app stores create a far higher barrier to fair competition and access than Microsoft’s Windows did when it was found guilty of antitrust violations 20 years ago, Smith said Thursday at an event hosted by Politico…
“The time has come — whether we are talking about D.C. or Brussels — for a much more focused conversation about the nature of app stores, the rules that are being put in place, the prices and the tolls that are being extracted and whether there is really a justification in antitrust law for everything that has been created,” Smith said..
As with Spotify Technology SA and others that have made complaints against the app store, Microsoft is competing with Apple services and the iPhone maker doesn’t need to share revenue with anyone else. Apple has argued that it’s the store keeper and takes a fee to support developers and distribute their apps and services.
My take: Next week, at WWDC20, Apple will have to address the controversies swirling around the App Store. Tune in at 10 a.m. PT Monday for Tim Cook’s keynote. I’ll be watching it live, and you can too. Click here.