Google’s cloud computing division, Google Cloud, has renewed its criticism of Microsoft’s practices in the cloud market, accusing the tech giant of creating a “walled garden” that stifles competition and hinders innovation.

Amit Zavery, vice president of Google Cloud, expressed concerns that Microsoft’s dominance, particularly in the Windows operating system market, translates to an unfair advantage in cloud computing. He argues that Microsoft leverages its existing user base and integrates its cloud services (Azure) so tightly with Windows that customers are effectively locked in, limiting their options and preventing them from exploring alternative cloud providers.

Zavery further emphasized the potential impact on emerging technologies like generative AI, claiming that Microsoft’s “walled garden” approach could hinder their development and accessibility by forcing customers to adopt Azure. He called for intervention from antitrust authorities to ensure a level playing field and foster healthy competition in the cloud computing landscape.

Microsoft, however, dismissed these accusations, highlighting the ongoing competition in the cloud market and pointing to the significant market share held by Amazon Web Services (AWS) as evidence. They maintain that their cloud strategy focuses on offering a comprehensive suite of services and integrations to meet the diverse needs of their customers.

This exchange underscores the growing tensions between the tech giants in the cloud computing space. Google Cloud, currently trailing behind AWS and Microsoft in market share, is striving to gain a foothold in a highly competitive market and views Microsoft’s practices as a major obstacle to its growth.

The potential implications of Microsoft’s dominant position and its alleged “walled garden” approach, if proven true, could raise concerns about fair competition and the potential stifling of innovation in the cloud computing industry. As these concerns continue to be debated, regulators and industry experts will likely monitor the evolving landscape and its impact on the future of cloud services.