External cloud line doesnt work
MS Office sued in France
Apples Exclusive App Store
EU to open up next year
Microsoft and Apple face monopoly controversy in Europe.
On the 17th, Microsoft was sued by a French cloud service provider for violating antitrust laws. According to the Wall Street Journal, French cloud company OVH Cloud and others have filed a complaint with the European Commission, an anti-monopoly body in the European Union, claiming that there is a problem with the way Microsoft sells the Microsoft Office suite, an enterprise software.
They pointed out that using a competitors cloud service other than Microsofts Azure cloud costs more office products, and Microsofts software doesnt work well in a cloud other than the Azure cloud. In other words, they claim that companies using Microsofts software products are set to use Microsofts cloud services as well. OVH Cloud claimed that Microsoft abused its dominant position, undermining fair competition and limiting customer choices. The WSJ explained that the EU administration and parliament have shown moves to tighten regulations on the cloud market. In the European cloud market, three companies (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google) occupied 69% of the market, while Deutsche Telekom and OVH Cloud, the largest cloud providers in Europe, had insignificant shares.
Apple is expected to take a hit in the European App Store market as the EU prepares new competition laws. The new competition law is aimed at allowing Apple to open the App Store to the outside world. Currently, you cannot download apps from the iPhone except the Apple App Store, which prohibits such monopolistic activities. The WSJ said it would go into effect early next year and could result in tens of billions of dollars in fines for violations.