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Amazon moans to UK anti-trust body

by on06 December 2023

Microsoft has been a big meanie

Amazon has told Britain's antitrust authority that its rival Microsoft uses business practices restricting customer choice in the cloud computing market. It is the second major company to criticise the US tech giant's operations.

Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an investigation into the country's cloud computing industry in October, following a referral from media regulator Ofcom that highlighted Amazon and Microsoft's market dominance.

In a letter published on the CMA's website on Tuesday, Amazon said changes to Microsoft's terms of service had made it difficult for customers to switch to alternative cloud providers or run competitors' services alongside. "To use many of Microsoft's software products with these other cloud services providers, a customer must purchase a separate license even if they already own the software," Amazon said.

"This often makes it financially unviable for a customer to choose a provider other than Microsoft."

Last modified on 06 December 2023
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