Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft

San Francisco (AFP)

The office messaging platform Slack stated Wednesday it has actually filed an antitrust grievance with the European Commission declaring that Microsoft is illegally connecting its own item to its dominant Office software suite.

San Francisco-based Slack said the tech giant is abusing its market dominance and damaging competitors by promoting its own messaging service, Teams, as part of Microsoft Office.

The combination of Teams with Office hides its real cost to company customers, according to the problem.

“Slack simply wants reasonable competition and a level playing field,” “said David Schellhase, basic counsel at Slack.

Schellhase said the move is similar to Microsoft’s efforts in the 1990s to connect its web browser to the Windows os which caused an enormous antitrust case.

“Microsoft is going back to past habits,” “he stated.

“They created a weak, copycat product and tied it to their dominant Workplace item, force installing it and obstructing its removal, a carbon copy of their illegal habits throughout the ‘internet browser wars.’

“Slack is asking the European Commission to take quick action to make sure Microsoft can not continue to illegally leverage its power from one market to another by bundling or tying items.”

“Microsoft did not immediately react to an AFP demand for remark.

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