Microsoft complains against Apple’s exorbitant 30% commission from App developers to feature on Apple Play Store during a private meeting with anti-trust officials
Apple’s Playstore is in news again for its exorbitant commissions. After Pavel Durov urged enacting legislation to make Apple allow other App stores to be installed on iPhones, now Microsoft has complained about Apple’s monopolistic and predatory commission.
According to a report by The Information, Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith reportedly held a private virtual meeting with the United States House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee members. In the meeting, Smith is said to have complained about the hefty 30% commission Apple charges from App developers for featuring their Apps on it’s Apple Store.
The anti-trust public hearings will begin next week. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are scheduled to appear in front of the committee.
The Information report says that the members of the Anti-trust committee sought Microsoft’s views because it had earlier been investigated for mandatorily installing Internet Explorer with every Windows PC. At that time, Microsoft had been found guilty of monopolistic practices and had been fined.
Smith’s complaint against Apple’s developer commissions is not new. In June, at a Politico event, Smith had complained about the 30% commission that Apple charges. He had said, “They impose requirements that increasingly say there is only one way to get on to our platform and that is to go through the gate that we ourselves have created.”
“In some cases, they create a very high price per toll – in some cases, 30% of your revenue has to go to the toll keeper. 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 a justification in antitrust law for everything that has been created,” he added.