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Slack files EU competition complaint against Microsoft

2020-07-22 18:44 by
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Slack filed a complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission alleging anticompetitive behavior, the company said on Wednesday. The complaint centers on Microsoft Teams, the company's chat and video-conference platform.

Teams is a competitor product not only to Slack but also to popular conference service Zoom, Google's Meet and chat services, and other video services. Slack alleges that the way Microsoft bundles Teams into its distribution of Office—widely used enterprise software such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel—gives Microsoft an unfair advantage against the competition.

"Microsoft is reverting to past behavior," claims David Schellhase, general counsel at Slack. "They created a weak, copycat product and tied it to their dominant Office product, force installing it and blocking its removal, a carbon copy of their illegal behavior during the 'browser wars.' Slack is asking the European Commission to take swift action to ensure Microsoft cannot continue to illegally leverage its power from one market to another by bundling or tying products."

"We're confident that we will win on the merits of our product, but we can't ignore illegal behavior that deprives customers of access to the tools and solutions they want," Jonathan Prince, Slacks' Vice President of Communications and Policy said in a statement. "Slack threatens Microsoft's hold on business email, the cornerstone of Office, which means Slack threatens Microsoft's lock on enterprise software."

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