September 21, 2023

Microsoft is at present dealing with regulatory scrutiny in Europe concerning its bundling of Groups with Workplace 365. This all began three years in the past with an antitrust grievance from Slack within the EU, with the corporate calling out Microsoft for abusing its dominant place with a “weak, copycat product.”

Final month, Microsoft introduced that it will unbundle Groups from its Workplace 365 and Microsoft 365 business subscriptions in Europe beginning in October. The corporate additionally introduced different adjustments to make it simpler for different apps to combine with Groups and supply entry to the Microsoft 365 ecosystem through Microsoft’s Workplace net apps.

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Nevertheless, Bloomberg is reporting at the moment that these efforts received’t be sufficient to get Microsoft out of the European Fee’s crosshairs. In line with the report, the EU Fee remains to be making ready a press release of objections that might be despatched to Microsoft over the following few months.

“Microsoft’s current proposal to separate its Groups from a broader enterprise software program package deal and promote it to prospects individually with an annual low cost wasn’t sufficient to fulfill regulators’ issues, in keeping with individuals aware of the matter, who spoke on situation of anonymity,” the report reads. “The European Fee is making ready a press release of objections to ship to the corporate, which might come within the subsequent few months, the individuals stated.”

In the meanwhile, it’s not precisely clear why Microsoft’s plan to unbundle Groups from its Workplace 365 subscriptions didn’t persuade EU regulators. Although the corporate determined to behave proactively whereas the investigation from the EU Fee remains to be in its early levels, the software program large additionally advised that it was open to negotiations. “We’ll proceed to interact with the Fee, hearken to issues within the market, and stay open to exploring pragmatic options that profit each prospects and builders in Europe,” stated Nanna-Louise Linde, VP of Microsoft European Authorities Affairs final month.