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Microsoft Offers EU Watchdog Changes To Its Cloud Practices

 |  March 28, 2023

Microsoft has proposed modifying its cloud computing practices in order to resolve antitrust grievances brought forth by smaller competitors. This action will prevent an investigation by the EU, according to Reuters.

OVHcloud, a French cloud computing services provider, Aruba, an Italian cloud service provider, and a Danish association of cloud service providers filed complaints with the European Commission regarding Microsoft’s cloud practices and licensing deals.

According to the source, the US software group has presented a specific plan based on the previous statement made by its president, Brad Smith, last year. Microsoft said it introduced changes to its licensing practices in October following feedback from European cloud providers.

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Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe (CISPE), a trade group whose members include cloud computing market leader Amazon, said it was not part of the settlement.

“We’ve had an initial discussion with Microsoft, but have not seen anything that suggests changes that will ensure that all European customers have the chance to run the software they want in the cloud of their choice free of unfair license terms or discriminatory pricing,” a CISPE spokesperson said.

“We are grateful for the productive conversations that led us there and appreciate the feedback that we have received since,” a spokesperson said.