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Microsoft agrees to stop bundling Teams with Office

by on25 April 2023

Avoiding an anti-trust probe

Microsoft will stop forcing customers of its popular Office software to also have its Teams video conferencing and messaging app automatically installed on their devices, in a move designed to prevent an official antitrust probe by EU regulators. 

The US tech giant has made the concession to avoid a formal investigation, said two people with direct knowledge of the decision, following a 2020 complaint by rival Slack which claimed Microsoft's practice of bundling the two services together was anti-competitive.

These people said that, in future, when companies buy Office they can do it with or without Teams if they wished, but the mechanism on how to do this remains unclear.

Talks are still ongoing and a deal is not certain, but if Vole agrees it will make everyone's life a lot easier. Microsoft is keen to avoid what would be its first antitrust probe in more than a decade, having sought to avoid legal battles with the European Commission and lost.


Last modified on 25 April 2023
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