Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt wished rivals Microsoft and Yahoo luck in competing on Web search but took aim at the software giant for what he called a "history" of trying to "restrict consumer choice."
"Microsoft is working very hard to build a competitive search engine," the CEO of Internet search king Google told a Morgan Stanley technology conference in San Francisco.
Asked about the prospects of a Yahoo-Microsoft tie-up on search, Schmidt said: "I do not know if that scenario will occur.
"We did our best attempt at a deal with Yahoo, and as you know we had to cancel it at the very last minute," he said in a reference to a Google-Yahoo search advertising partnership that was rejected by US anti-trust regulators.
"So we wish them the best of luck," Schmidt said. "The problem has to do with Microsoft's ability to use its Windows monopoly to restrict consumer choice."