Microsoft President Brad Smith used a Politico interview to call for an antitrust review of Apple, particularly their app store where most iPhone and iPad users need to go to get the latest software for their phones.
“I do believe that 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 justification in antitrust law for everything that has been created,” Smith said.
In particular, he noted that the app store has said in most cases that there is only one way or one process for apps to get listed, and that they often have to pay up to 30% of their revenue just to be listed with Apple.
Apple’s policies are “crushing small developers who simply can’t survive with those kinds of payments,” Smith claimed. “If there were real competition in this marketplace, this wouldn’t happen.”
Smith acknowledged that Microsoft has had its own anti-trust issues in the past, but that the situation with Apple was different.
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