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When Google came out and said that Microsoft's search engine Bing was copying its results, many were not surprised. Only when side-by-side comparisons were made did it become clear that Google may have been right.
Microsoft said that it had not copied results, but Google had already set up the 'Bing sting' which was designed to prove that Microsoft had done so. It turned out that indeed Bing had been copying search results by "watching" what people search for on Google -- the search giant said.
Shortly after the iPhone was discovered to have collected location-based data in an unencrypted format, stored locally on the device for anybody to access, Microsoft had been implicated in the 'Locationgate' scandal too.
Microsoft all but immediately responded, in a bit to quash the similar offensive made towards Apple within days of Microsoft's announcement. Though Microsoft published a lengthy 9-page document explaining how it used data and protected data, it still added to the negative public response towards major technology corporations collecting and storing location based data on their products.
Internet Explorer, as once bundled with Windows, became the star of its own anti-trust investigation. Later on down the years, the European Commission said that European users of Windows should be given the option of its own browser, rather than the pre-installed one in Windows.
Internet Explorer's browser marketshare has been slipping slowly in the past few years -- and was helped along by the 'EU ballot screen' offered by European users of Windows in a hotfix in 2010. Firefox eventually overtook Internet Explorer just after New Years 2011.