Microsoft has supplied to cost totally different costs for its Office product with and with out its Teams app to stave off a potential EU antitrust investigation and wonderful, two folks acquainted with the matter stated.
Microsoft has been searching for to handle the EU competitors enforcer’s considerations since final yr after Salesforce-owned workspace messaging app Slack complained to the European Commission, different folks acquainted with the matter informed Reuters in December.
Slack in 2020 alleged that Microsoft has unfairly built-in its office chat and video app Teams into its Office product. The US tech large launched Teams in 2017 focusing on the fast-growing and profitable office collaboration market.
The European Commission on Thursday stated there have been different complainants apart from Slack.
“We have received several complaints regarding Microsoft, including by Slack, regarding Microsoft’s conduct in relation to its Teams product. As you know the assessment is ongoing so we cannot comment further,” a spokesperson stated.
Microsoft stated it continued to have interaction cooperatively with the Commission and was “open to pragmatic solutions that address its concerns and serve customers well”.
Salesforce declined to remark.
The EU antitrust watchdog is searching for suggestions from Microsoft rivals on its proposal, the folks stated.
In the final decade, the European Commission fined Microsoft EUR 2.2 billion (almost Rs. 19,800 crore) for practices in breach of EU competitors guidelines, together with tying or bundling two or extra merchandise collectively.
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