Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said that if Google leaving from Australia, Microsoft’s Bing search engine service would be ready to replace fully confident.
The Australian government has proposed a law to pay news publishers to publish full news or part of the news on platforms like Google and Facebook.
After that Google said it would leave Australia if necessary, but would not comply with Australia’s proposed law. Australia has been in talks with Microsoft since the incident, according to a Reuters report.
What’s in the proposed Australian law
According to the Australian government’s proposed law, IT companies such as Google or Facebook must-have commercial agreements with news publishers. Media outlets have been asked to pay for the publication of parts of the news.
However, the amount of money will be exactly according to the agreement between the two parties. If it is not possible to reach an agreement, the court will mediate.
Meanwhile, the big technology companies say that it is not possible for them to work under the proposed law. Google has since threatened to cut off business from Australia.
And Facebook has said it will cut off the news feeds to Australian users if necessary.
Why Microsoft instead of Google
Since then, Satya Nadella the chief executive officer of Microsoft has been discussing the proposed law with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Scott Morrison and a Microsoft spokesman confirmed it. “I can tell you the truth, Microsoft is very confident,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra, Australia.
However, he did not elaborate on what else was discussed, or how far the discussion went.
Earlier in the day, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he had spoken to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. With that said, Mark requested a meeting on the proposed law.
But Friedenberg also said he would not hesitate to pass the law.
Google is used by more than 94% of web search users in Australia. Microsoft’s Bing is in second place by a wide margin.
Now if Google stops offering services in Australia, the Australian government is considering choosing Bing as an alternative. But for that, Microsoft must first be trusted by web search users.