Antitrust complaint in Germany against Microsoft on Teams bundling
This is the second complaint that Microsoft has received regarding the bundling of Teams after Slack filed an antitrust complaint for the same issue in 2020
The German company ‘Alfaview’ has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft with the European Union. They claim that bundling video app Teams into its Office product gives Microsoft an unfair advantage in the communication software market.
A Microsoft spokesperson emphasized that they will “continue to engage cooperatively with the Commission in its investigation and are open to pragmatic solutions that address its concerns and serve customers well”.
This is the second complaint that Microsoft has received regarding the bundling of Teams after Salesforce -owned workspace messaging app, Slack filed an antitrust complaint in the EU for the same issue in 2020. Regulators are already preparing to investigate the matter. Microsoft has been fined €2.2bn in the past decade for practices that are in breach of EU competition rules. Although Microsoft has proposed a price reduction for its Office product that excludes the Teams app, regulators are seeking a bigger reduction.