Microsoft under new complaint to the European Commission

Microsoft is subject to a new complaint to the European Commission. CISPE accuses it of “unfair software licensing practices”. The association calls for the opening without delay of a “formal investigation” and proposes the creation of an independent European Observatory.

As the months go by, concerns grow around the challenges of the cloud and in particular the dominant position of certain players, mainly Americans – Amazon, Google and Microsoft, not to mention them. The competition authority also self-seized the case at the beginning of the year, but the conclusions of its investigation are not yet known.

Complaints pile up against Microsoft

A few months later, we learned that OVHcloud, along with other companies, had filed a complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission’s DG Competition (General Directorate for Competition). In April, the European Commission sent questionnaires on Microsoft’s licensing agreements, a first step that could lead to the opening of formal proceedings, Reuters reported. This week, Michel Paulin (CEO of OVHcloud) said to himself ” very happy to see that now 60 companies have joined their complaint, which is still being investigated by the Commission.

Coincidence or not of the calendar, another entity has just announced the filing of a new complaint against Microsoft, this time again with the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. This is CISPE (Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe), or association of cloud infrastructure providers in Europe. Among its members are the French 3DS Outscale and OVHcloud, the Italian Aruba as well as… the American Amazon (via AWS).

In its press release, the CISPE specifies from the outset that it ” supports its two members, OVHcloud and Aruba, who have already filed a separate complaint against Microsoft “. With its own complaint, the association ” takes serious unresolved issues into account and represents the European cloud infrastructure industry as a whole. It seeks solutions that will benefit customers and providers in a dynamic market for cloud infrastructure services “.

We filed this industry complaint to address vendor and customer harms caused by unfair software licensing practices […] DG Comp must act quickly and launch a formal investigation with statement of objections into Microsoft’s software licensing abuses to defend the strong cloud ecosystem Europe needs and deserves », explains Francisco Mingorance (general secretary of CISPE)

The association takes the opportunity to make proposals.

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