Microsoft Says Teams Isn’t as Bad As you Think

Microsoft is seeking to to handle EU antitrust considerations following complaints from messaging app Slack. 

The considerations encompass Microsoft Groups, which rivals declare has gained an unfair benefit within the video conferencing and on-line collaboration market as a result of being bundled as a part of Microsoft 365.

Microsoft had beforehand introduced plans to vary its phrases in an effort to degree the enjoying subject in October 2022, citing the “significance of an open and aggressive cloud financial system in Europe” in a weblog submit (opens in new tab).

Microsoft Groups vs competitors

Reuters (opens in new tab) highlights the corporate’s in depth historical past of controversy, which has totalled €2.2 billion in fines over the previous decade for instances referring to tying and different practices.

Microsoft is eager to emphasize its innocence, although. To counter threats from different corporations, it defined that Groups (which was launched in 2017) managed vital development in the course of the pandemic due to its native video conferencing assist, enabling folks to fulfill face-to-face just about. On the time, Slack didn’t have such a device, which noticed it lose out to corporations like Microsoft and Google.

Questionnaires have already been despatched out to rivals by the European Union’s antitrust watchdog, set to problem Microsoft’s interoperability and bundling practices – one thing the corporate must be accustomed to, following complaints concerning the bundling of cloud storage platform OneDrive with Home windows.

In a stark distinction to Microsoft’s practices, Google and Zoom have been working collectively to make it simpler for customers on opposing platforms to attach, decreasing enterprise’s must fork out for a number of licences.

Zoom customers are set to have the ability to be a part of Meet calls “throughout all platforms” by the top of the yr, and whereas Meet customers will have to be operating ChromeOS-based Meet units to affix Zoom calls, it’s a step in the fitting route that might see Microsoft lose out in the long term.

For now, Microsoft stays dedicated to enhancing its already in style platform by extending accessibility options, including new instruments, and tweaking updates.