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Microsoft Separates Teams and Office

The technology company announced the news globally yesterday (March 2)

According to the BBC, “The firm separated the two products in Europe last year as it faced a possible fine from competition watchdogs.”

Microsoft Teams was partnered with Microsoft Office in 2017. In 2020, an investigation into the move was launched after a complaint made by Slack.

You can read the full story here

Will Microsoft face any penalties?

It is unclear if the split will be enough to avoid EU antitrust charges.

A spokesperson for Microsoft said: “The move is to ensure clarity for our customers.

“It also addresses feedback from the European Commission by providing multinational companies more flexibility when they want to standardise their purchasing across geographies.”

Microsoft plans to charge £4.20 for standalone Teams. This will be applied to new customers. You can read the blog post here

 

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