Re: "Can we all stop pretending.........it's Microsoft and their industry pals........"
Which part of the following did you have reading difficulties with?
"Google will have a green light to offer "manipulated" search results and "to discriminate against competitors" if its preferred competition remedy is accepted by the EU, at least according to 39 national consumer bodies in Europe."*
The fact that Redmond is complaining (bloody cheeky thought that is) does not automatically invalidate the complaint or, by implication, make the above-mentioned national bodies either MS stooges or their "industry pals".
*My added emphasis.