European antitrust authorities are investigating complaints from Slack Technologies and asking competitors Microsoft if their teams can integrate the app with Office products to see if it can get more results.
In a questionnaire sent to competitors and reviewed by Reuters, the European Commission focuses on the period 2016-2021. Microsoft launched the team in early 2017 to compete with Slack and others in the fast-growing workplace collaboration market.
Slack, which was bought by enterprise software maker Salesforce.com in July, filed a complaint with the commission about Microsoft Teams software last year.
Microsoft has been fined 2.2 billion euros ($2.6 billion or about 19,100 rupees) for so-called construction and other practices in the past decade, he declined to comment.
Slack accused the merger with the office of being illegal and called on EU competition authorities to separate the two.
Microsoft has installed workplace chat, it’s hard to remove, and the US company refuses to provide information that allows competing products to work with teams and offices.
This led the Commission to question whether the combined product gave companies access to data that could increase their market power in both markets, while at the same time making competition difficult, especially those selling only products.
Given the changing costs to customers and the importance of protecting consumer data, barriers to entry or expansion have been set for the workplace applications market.
Competitors were asked about the list of customers who switched to Microsoft Teams or its offices in one package, how much revenue was lost as a result, and how the integrated product affected their innovative investment, quality, and price. your product.
The questionnaire asked whether working with Covid-1 has increased the demand for workplace applications and how it will develop after the epidemic.
Other companies offering workplace apps include Zoom Video Communications, Google Alphabets, Facebook, and Cisco.