The European Commission on Thursday announced an antitrust probe into Microsoft bundling its Teams communication app with its popular Office suite, on concerns it could be cutting out competitors.
The investigation, to see whether the US software giant is "abusing and defending its market position" through the practice, comes as computer users have massively adopted online virtual meetings since the COVID pandemic.
"Remote communication and collaboration tools like Teams have become indispensable for many businesses in Europe," the commission's antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said.
"We must therefore ensure that the markets for these products remain competitive, and companies are free to choose the products that best meet their needs," she said.
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