September 22, 2023

Microsoft has supplied to cost totally different costs for its Workplace product with and with out its Groups app to stave off a potential EU antitrust investigation and effective, two folks accustomed to the matter stated.

Microsoft has been searching for to handle the EU competitors enforcer’s issues since final 12 months after Salesforce-owned workspace messaging app Slack complained to the European Fee, different folks accustomed to the matter advised Reuters in December.

Slack in 2020 alleged that Microsoft has unfairly built-in its office chat and video app Groups into its Workplace product. The U.S. tech large launched Groups in 2017 concentrating on the fast-growing and profitable office collaboration market.

The European Fee on Thursday stated there have been different complainants moreover Slack.

“We now have acquired a number of complaints concerning Microsoft, together with by Slack concerning Microsoft’s conduct in relation to its Groups product. As you recognize the evaluation is ongoing so we can’t remark additional,” a spokesperson stated.

Microsoft stated it continued to have interaction cooperatively with the Fee and was “open to pragmatic options that tackle its issues and serve prospects properly”.

Salesforce declined to remark.

The EU antitrust watchdog is searching for suggestions from Microsoft rivals on its proposal, the folks stated.

Within the final decade, the European Fee fined Microsoft 2.2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) for practices in breach of EU competitors guidelines, together with tying or bundling two or extra merchandise collectively.


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