It seems that Microsoft might face an investigation from the European Commission for breaking the continent’s anti-trust policies, according to the latest reports. This marks the Redmond-based tech giant’s first antitrust investigation in Europe in 15 years.
Apparently, Microsoft is being investigated due to seemingly breaking antitrust policies by bundling Microsoft Teams with Office products, effectively out-competing the other players on the market, specifically Slack, which filled an anti-competitive complaint against Microsoft in 2020, when the pandemic hit, and working from home became the standard.
The European Commission will carry out an investigation to conduct if Microsoft had indeed broken European rules by bundling its products together.
Remote communication and collaboration tools like Teams have become indispensable for many businesses in Europe, We must therefore ensure that the markets for these products remain competitive, and companies are free to choose the products that best meet their needs. This is why we are investigating whether Microsoft’s tying of its productivity suites with Teams may be in breach of EU competition rules.
Microsoft, on the other hand, is more than willing to help the investigation, as the Redmond-based tech giant believes it did nothing wrong. They did release a statement to The Verge, with the intention of collaborating with European authorities.
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