Microsoft’s Brad Smith calls for more antitrust scrutiny of app stores

Microsoft president Brad Smith has suggested that app stores of competing companies Apple and Google be subject to further antitrust review, as their rules make life difficult for small developers. Without explicitly naming Apple or Google, he told Politico that companies have “created taller walls and far more wonderful doors” for their app stores than in the past.

“I think the time has come, whether we’re talking about Washington, DC or Brussels, for a much more focused conversation about the nature of app stores,” said Smith in the Politico interview, referring to the rules and to the reductions taken. by companies.

Microsoft's Brad Smith calls for more antitrust scrutiny of app stores
The President of Microsoft believes that application stores should be subject to increased antitrust review.

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His comments came two days after the European Competition Commission opened two investigations in Apple Pay and the App Store.

Apple has also come under scrutiny over its management of the Hey subscription email application, as TechCrunch noted. Its developers tweeted that the updates had been rejected several times, apparently because Hey didn’t offer in-app purchases for the full service at $ 99 a year. The app lacks functionality when downloaded – you must visit the company website to register.

Phil Schiller, senior vice president of global marketing for Apple, told TechCrunch on Thursday that the company is not considering any changes to the App Store rules.

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