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Microsoft’s Smith Weighs In To Apple App Store Debate

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft president Brad Smith has added his voice to calls for anti-trust regulators to investigate Apple over its App Store pricing and policies.

Smith says it is time for Apple’s App Store – and app stores in general – to be regulated.

He lambasted Apple for charging what he called a toll of 30 percent for apps to appear on Apple’s store, compared to Microsoft’s charge of five percent. The iPhone maker is currently under investigation by the European Commission into potential abuses in its App Store and with Apple Pay. 

Pressure is also growing in the US for a probe, after the head of a congressional antitrust committee described Apple’s app store costs as “highway robbery”. 

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