Nadella testified on Monday as part of the US government’s sweeping antitrust trial against Google, now into its 14th day.
His testimony reflected the frustrations of a long-running rivalry between Microsoft and Google whose tensions have permeated the weeks-long trial.
Central to Google’s strategy has been its agreements with companies such as Apple that have made Google the default search engine for millions of internet users.
“You get up in the morning, you brush your teeth, you search on Google,” Nadella said.
Google’s dominance in search is reinforced when websites and publishers optimize for Google’s search algorithm and not Bing’s, when advertisers flock to Google and when users stick to what’s familiar, Nadella argued.
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