EU tech firms file formal complaint against Microsoft for bundling OneDrive with Windows


The massive image: Dozens of European tech corporations have accused Microsoft of abusing its dominant place within the trade on account of the way it aggressively pushes and bundles first-party companies (OneDrive, Workplace 365, Groups and so forth.) with Home windows. German cloud storage firm, Nextcloud, has revealed that it formally requested the EU and German authorities to place a cease to Microsoft’s anticompetitive habits, and that it’s additionally trying to file a grievance in France with a coalition of practically 30 companions to ascertain a degree enjoying area.

In response to Nextcloud, anticompetitive practices from tech giants together with Microsoft, Google and Amazon have allowed Huge Tech to seize 66 p.c of the whole European market share through the years, whereas native suppliers had their share decreased to 16 p.c, down from 26 p.c.

The German cloud agency is main an initiative towards Microsoft and has organized the ‘Coalition for a degree enjoying area’ to voice their considerations with the EU. Microsoft’s OneDrive integration with Home windows, which rivals competing file storage companies, has been likened to the browser wars of the late 90s, when it bundled Web Explorer to compete with Netscape’s Navigator. There’s additionally a way more latest instance of Microsoft demonstrating related habits with Edge.

Nextcloud accused Microsoft of pushing OneDrive onto customers by pre-installing the service as a part of the OS set up, giving customers free storage and selling the app in Home windows with pop-up alerts. Microsoft Groups, which grew to become the topic of Slack’s EU lawsuit final yr, was additionally highlighted, because the app has now develop into a default a part of Home windows 11.

The coalition contains LibreOffice’ devs The Doc Basis, OpenProject, and dozens extra

“This makes it practically not possible to compete with their SaaS companies,” famous Nextcloud on its antitrust web site, the place the agency can also be gathering extra coalition companions and has posted the next set of calls for for the EU:

  • No gate maintaining (by bundling, pre-installing or pushing Microsoft companies) for a degree enjoying area.
  • Open requirements and interoperability that make a straightforward migration potential. This provides customers a free alternative.

Nextcloud says it filed a grievance with German authorities on account of waning curiosity within the authentic grievance filed with the EU earlier this yr, and that it plans to lodge one with French authorities quickly.

The corporate additionally believes that the EU’s proposed Digital Markets Act might reign in Microsoft’s gatekeeper place to present smaller gamers a good probability at competing within the European market.

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