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By Foo Yun Chee and Ayanti Bera
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. workspace messaging app Slack Applied sciences (NYSE:) Inc on Wednesday requested EU antitrust regulators to analyze Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:) for allegedly abusing its market dominance.
Slack mentioned the difficulty was Microsoft’s Groups productiveness software program, which has seen a surge in demand as staff work remotely as a result of lockdowns aimed toward slowing the unfold of the coronavirus.
It mentioned it has filed a criticism towards Microsoft with the European Fee. Groups competes with Slack and Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:), each of which have additionally reported elevated demand for video calling.
“Microsoft has illegally tied its Groups product into its market-dominant Workplace productiveness suite, pressure putting in it for thousands and thousands, blocking its removing, and hiding the true price to enterprise prospects,” Slack mentioned in a press release.
Its common counsel David Schellhase accused Microsoft of reverting to previous conduct.
“They created a weak, copycat product and tied it to their dominant Workplace product, pressure putting in it and blocking its removing, a carbon copy of their unlawful conduct through the ‘browser wars’,” he mentioned.
The European Fee, which has fined Microsoft a complete 2.2 billion euros ($2.6 billion) in a decade-long investigation involving tying circumstances and different practices, confirmed receipt of the criticism, saying that it might assess it underneath its normal procedures.
Microsoft didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
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