A French cloud company has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft, according to the Wall Street Journal, targeting the way Microsoft licenses its popular Office software suite.
The complaint, which was filed with the European Commission, alleges that Microsoft's Azure Cloud is cheaper to use than its competitors because of the way Microsoft licenses its Office products. “Through abusing its dominant position, Microsoft undermines fair competition and limits consumer choice in the cloud computing services market," OVHCloud told WSJ.
This isn't the first time Microsoft has come under scrutiny for the way it bundles products. In 2020 Slack filed a similar complaint alleging that Microsoft wasn't letting other services integrate with Teams, instead capturing market share by bundling it with Office 365. And just last year cloud storage company Nextcloud filed a complaint about the bundling of OneDrive and Windows OS.
OVHCloud told the Wall Street Journal that the complaint was filed in conjunction with several other companies, which it did not name. In the report, Microsoft said that "we’re continuously evaluating how we can best support partners and make Microsoft software available to customers across all environments, including those of other cloud providers.”