The sheer scale of Microsoft Teams dominance could mean a big problem

Microsoft may be set to face an investigation into the supposed unfair practices you give a hand in desktop software outer space.

Reuters (Opens in a new tab) He says an EU antitrust investigation could focus on the fact that video conferencing The service is bundled with the Microsoft 365 suite (formerly Office 365), which includes apps such as Word, Excel, and OneDrive. cloud storage.

Slack highlighted so-called unfair integration, another big player in the Online collaboration Space — who is likely to suffer as a result of Microsoft 365 price models.

Difference vs Slack

Slack currently costs from $7.25 (£5.75) per user per month on an annual contract, and offers full chat, video conferencing, and voice call support.

Microsoft’s cheapest business plan costs from $6 (£4.50) per month and includes Teams, 1TB of cloud storage, and web versions of its main apps. A subscription with full desktop clients costs from $12 (£7.90) per month.

Reuters says Slack has urged the EU competition enforcement to ask Microsoft to sell its Teams platform separately, outside of the Microsoft 365 suite, which would foster better competition from the likes of Slack, Zoom and Google Workspace.

The European Commission reportedly sent out more questionnaires after a batch was sent out last October, which some people think may be the start of an investigation into the company’s practices.

Microsoft is currently working on a premium version of Teams that will see things like AI transcription in 40 different languages ​​and more advanced security features. It’s due to arrive in the first quarter of 2023, but for now, at least, it won’t stop this standard version of Teams remaining part of the broader 365 package.

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