San Francisco's Slack files anti-competitive complaint against Microsoft in EU



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San Francisco's Slack files anti-competitive complaint against Microsoft in EU

On Wednesday, online workplace chatting service provider Slack Technologies Inc. had lodged a complaint in the EU against the Silicon Valley tech tycoon Microsoft Corp., accusing the Redmond, Washington-based trailblazer in cloud computing services of anti-competitive behaviour.

In point of fact, latest EU complaint from Slack came against the backdrop of a partnership with the Microsoft’s chief rival in cloud computing Amazon.com Inc. that the smaller online workspace provider had reached last month in a bid to bolster its footings in the highly congested cloud computing market, largely dominated by the Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s AWS (Amazon Web Services).

Besides, in order to condense its gap with Microsoft, Slack had recently cut a deal to purchase Rimeto that usually crafts in-detail staff directories.

Microsoft illegally bundles its Teams messaging product, complains Slack

Meanwhile, at its anti-competitive complaint filed in EU, Slack was quoted saying that the Redmond-based cloud computing mogul had illegally bundled its Teams messaging products into Office 365 which closely resemble to Slack, adding that the Microsoft Corp.

had been forcing millions of companies to install the product and blocking its removal. Nonetheless, as a consequential repercussion of Slack’s complaint on its anti-competitive behaviour, Microsoft Corp.

had issued a statement later on the day saying that the software maker would look forward to provide the EU Commission with more elaborate information regarding its Teams messaging products. As a matter of fact, the San Francisco, California-based Slack Technologies Inc., which had been facing off a flurry of competitions apart from the Microsoft Corp.’s Teams messaging package alongside its Office 365, was listed for public trading in 2019 and has been showing promising turnovers, as the online workplace chatting service provider had reported a $201.7 million in sales during the quarter that ended on April 31, up about 50 per cent compared to the same time a year earlier, while the company had also reported a rise of 28 per cent at its paid subscribers over the past quarter.