On January 22, a Re/Code report appeared stating that Microsoft has pulled financial support from FairSearch, which is an anti-Google “watchdog” or lobbying group that has been a player in advancing European antitrust moves against the company.
According to the FairSearch site, here is a list of all the current members:
- Trip Advisor
Microsoft is now no longer part of this list.
The withdrawal of financial support by Microsoft could be due to a kinder and gentler company that is now under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella (instead of the more aggressive predecessor Steve Ballmer). Either that, or it could just be that this is what Microsoft intended for the organization to begin with.
It seems that there were other FairSearch members who pulled financial support before Microsoft. Back in 2012, one of these members was Kayak, which is under the ownership of Priceline. It seems that there a some of the group’s members that were lost to acquisitions, such as TheFind (which was picked up by Facebook) and SideStep (which was bought by Kayak). There are others that have appeared to have stopped participating, though Hotwire is owned by Expedia, who is still a member.