Microsoft begins cloud concessions after rivals complain to EU

Microsoft begins cloud concessions after rivals complain to EU

Bloomberg: Microsoft Corp is bowing to pressure to make it easier for European cloud providers to host the company’s software.

The US company is launching a new initiative that will make it easier for European cloud companies to host Microsoft products like Windows and Office 365 apps. The company will also provide greater licensing flexibility for customers.

“We have a responsibility to do more,” said Microsoft president Brad Smith at an event in Brussels on Wednesday.

Microsoft is facing a formal inquiry from the European Commission into the company’s alleged antitrust practices. The commission sent questions to rival cloud services after an antitrust complaint last year from France’s OVH claiming Microsoft’s software licensing terms put them at a disadvantage for running Microsoft products and make it easier or cheaper to pair things like Windows, Office and Windows Server with Microsoft’s own Azure cloud.