Microsoft announced changes to the licensing agreements for its Azure cloud service on August 29, 2022. They follow complaints by its European competitors, including French ones like OVHcloud, of anti-competitive practices with regulators. The European Commission is officially investigating the matter.
Three objectives are stated: for customers to facilitate the transfer of data to other suppliers’ infrastructure, to give other suppliers access to key products (eg Windows or Office) so that they can offer competitive offers from both a technical and economic point of view, and help these “partners” design cloud hosting offerings quickly and at scale.
Microsoft does not further describe the specific measures it intends to take, but states that they will take effect from October 1, 2022. It is also noteworthy that they will apply to all regions in which the company operates. and not only for the European Union. However, they are reserved for “small suppliers” and the real rivals from Microsoft (Amazon, Google, Alibaba…) are therefore excluded.
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