News: Apple ‘disagrees’ with Microsoft

News: Apple ‘disagrees’ with Microsoft – Company Business and Marketing

An Apple spokeswoman confirmed last week that the company has had “disagreements” with Microsoft Corp. recently over development of multimedia software for Windows – a sticking point that may be at the heart of a new federal probe into Microsoft business practices.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating allegations that Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., tried to persuade Apple to stay out of the consumer multimedia market. Investigators are reportedly studying information obtained from Apple indicating that Microsoft executives proposed three times – most recently in March – that Apple retreat from its plans for the Windows multimedia market and leave that field to Microsoft, the newspaper said, in exchange for an endorsement of Apple tools.

Apple reportedly rejected the proposal.

Apple spokeswoman Katie Cotton refused to comment on the Wall Street Journal article, but she confirmed that Apple has answered subpoenas from both Microsoft and federal investigators in connection with the probe.

“Apple has enjoyed a partnership with Microsoft that produced lots of great products in the past year, and as partners we agree on many issues,” Cotton said. “And we also disagree from time to time. This is something that is to be expected in a professional partnership, and multimedia is one area where Microsoft and Apple have some disagreements.”

Cotton said Apple and Microsoft “have a good relationship, and we’re trying to work together in a professional manner.”

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