Sources: EU antitrust regulators ramp up Microsoft scrutiny, probe likely 

BRUSSELS, Nov 25 — Microsoft is probable to face an EU antitrust investigation as regulators intensify their scrutiny into its practices in a case induced by Salesforce.com’s workspace messaging application Slack, men and women common with the subject reported on Thursday.

Last 12 months, Slack complained to the European Fee, indicating that Microsoft has unfairly integrated its office chat and video app Groups into its Place of work product or service. Microsoft introduced Teams in 2017, in search of a slice of the quickly-developing and valuable place of work collaboration sector.

Slack urged the EU opposition enforcer to purchase the US application large to separate Groups from the Place of work Match and sell it individually at fair industrial selling prices.

The Fee final month sent out a different batch of questionnaires in a observe-up to all those sent out in October last 12 months, a sign that the EU competition enforcer is planning the floor for opening a official investigation, the individuals said.

“The Fee is hunting at (Microsoft’s) interoperability and bundling but extra specific this time. They are searching for information that will allow them to outline cures,” just one of the folks explained.

“They are making ready the floor for an investigation,” a 2nd particular person explained.

The Fee and Microsoft, which has been fined €2.2 billion (RM10.25 billion) for conditions involving so-identified as tying and other tactics in the former decade, declined to comment. — Reuters