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Microsoft Vulnerable To EU Antitrust Probe, Triggered By Salesforce: Report

Benzinga · 11/25/2022 07:12
  • Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) will likely face an EU antitrust investigation as regulators intensify their scrutiny of its practices in a case triggered by Salesforce.com Inc's (NYSE:CRM) workspace messaging app Slack, Reuters reports.
  • In 2021, Slack alleged to the European Commission that Microsoft had unfairly integrated its workplace chat and video app Teams into its Office product. 
  • Microsoft launched Teams in 2017, seeking a slice of the fast-growing and lucrative workplace collaboration market.
  • Also Read: Microsoft Battled Barrage Of EU Antitrust Complaints; From Unfair Licensing Practices To Activision Blizzard Acquisition
  • Slack urged the EU competition enforcer to order the U.S. software giant to separate Teams from the Office Suit and sell it separately at fair commercial prices.
  • This October, the Commission sent out another batch of questionnaires in a follow-up to those sent out in October 2021.
  • The Commission examined Microsoft's interoperability and bundling in more detail this time. They searched for information that allowed them to define remedies.
  • The report further noted the Commission reportedly prepared the ground for an investigation.
  • Microsoft has been fined €2.2 billion ($2.3 billion) for cases involving so-called tying and other practices in the previous decade.
  • Price Action: MSFT shares closed higher by 1.04% at $247.58 on Wednesday.