Microsoft president Brad Smith has said his company is committed to Australia and its news publishers, and that it fully supports the News Media Bargaining Code.
Microsoft and its search engine Bing has been paraded by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his army of ministers as the answer to the Google-sized hole that would be left if Google Search ended up exiting Australia.
Appearing at the National Press Club on Monday, Morrison said he was confident Australians would be left with sufficient alternatives if Google moved ahead with its threat, pointing to a meeting he had with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Shortly after, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher also rallied behind Bing, saying that in the event Google left, he expected to see investment from other players in the local market.
Microsoft in response has said it is committed to