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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Takes Witness Stand In Google Antitrust Trial

The US government has argued that Google had illegally paid USD 10 billion annually to Apple and wireless carriers like AT&T and others to hold the default search engine status on their devices

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Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO at Microsoft (Representative Image)

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has taken the witness stand in the US antitrust trial against Google, according to a media report on Monday.

Nadella said Microsoft’s efforts to make its Bing a default search engine on iPhones found a lot of dead ends and dismissed the Google's argument that it was easy to change search engine defaults on mobile devices.

The default setting can be easily changed in Windows today and is toughest on mobile, the Microsoft CEO said.

The US government's contention is that Google, a company valued at over USD 1 trillion and commanding approximately 90 per cent of the search market, engaged in unlawful payments of USD 10 billion annually to smartphone manufacturers such as Apple and wireless service providers like AT&T and others. These payments were made with the intention of securing its position as the default search engine on their devices. 

Google's dominance in the realm of search provides it with substantial influence in the highly profitable advertising sector, consequently bolstering its earnings. The company stressed its clout  in the advertising market is due to its product quality and not by any illegal practice.

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