Sina Technology News Beijing time on the morning of April 25, it is reported that Microsoft will stop bundling Office customers with Teams conferencing software and messaging applications.
Microsoft's move may help prevent the European Union from launching a formal antitrust investigation against it. The European Commission is unanimously reviewing Microsoft's bundled software sales in response to a complaint filed by Teams's competitor Slack in 2020. The latter was acquired by Salesforce.
In the future, enterprise customers will be free to choose whether to install Office software packages that include Teams, but the details of implementation are unclear. Discussions between Microsoft and EU regulators are under way, and the two sides have not yet reached an agreement.
Microsoft said it was aware of its obligations as the EU's leading technology company and was working with the commission to find solutions that meet its concerns and provide value to customers.
In addition to software bundles, the EU is also investigating Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard for nearly $69 billion, but the EU is expected to approve the deal. The deal also faces parallel investigations from the US and the UK.
In addition, Microsoft has recently been trying to resolve antitrust lawsuits brought against it by EU cloud computing competitors. These competitors accuse Microsoft of unfair software licensing.
Microsoft said in a statement that it was cooperating with the European Commission's investigation and was "open to pragmatic solutions".
Responsible editor: Liu Liangliang