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Slack complains about Teams follow-up, news that Microsoft will face EU antitrust investigation_China IT News

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According to IT House news on January 26, last year it was reported that Microsoft may become the new target of the European Commission (EC) antitrust investigation due to Slack’s complaint about Teams. Now, a new report says that will happen, and that Microsoft will soon face formal scrutiny.

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Multiple EC sources have confirmed that Microsoft will soon face an antitrust investigation into bundling Teams with other Microsoft 365 software, according to a Politico report. While details are still unclear, the regulator is reportedly planning to issue a “statement of objection” to how Microsoft is unfairly treating its competitors in an anti-competitive manner. A spokesman for the European Commission also confirmed that a review of the investigation was ongoing.

IT Home understands that the root of the investigation is a complaint filed by Slack in 2020, which claimed that Microsoft hid the “true cost” when it bundled Teams with the Microsoft 365 product suite and forced it to be installed on enterprise customer devices. . then,Slack urges regulators to force Microsoft to remove Teams from its Microsoft 365 suite and offer it separately at a ‘fair’ commercial price. The EU has sent questionnaires to all parties involved to gain a better understanding of the matter.

However, now is not a good time for Microsoft to face another antitrust investigation. Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard is currently under scrutiny from some regulators.

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