Organisation: Microsoft

Google, Amazon say Microsoft's licensing practices harm cloud services market

Microsoft's software licensing practices harm UK customers, Google and Amazon have claimed, while washing their hands of wider concerns in the cloud services market in submissions to the Competition and Markets Authority.

05 December 2023

Microsoft can audit antitrust claimant ahead of CAT disclosure, court rules

An English court has confirmed Microsoft’s contractual right to audit software reseller ValueLicensing but imposed undertakings on the tech giant preventing it from using the information to defend against a €270 million standalone damages claim.

05 December 2023

ACCC doubles down on calls for digital regulatory regime

The expanding ecosystems of Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta and Microsoft highlight the “critical need for regulatory reform”, Australia’s antitrust authority has said.

27 November 2023

EU’s Digital Markets Act faces first challenges

Meta and TikTok have challenged aspects of their designations under the EU’s Digital Markets Act.

16 November 2023

Microsoft/OpenAI avoids German merger review

Microsoft’s multibillion-dollar investment in OpenAI does not constitute a notifiable merger even though it gave the tech giant “material competitive influence” over the creator of ChatGPT, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

15 November 2023

FTC’s Microsoft/Activision narrative failed to capture “monopoly lifecycle”, recent official says

The Federal Trade Commission should have put forth a different narrative in its unsuccessful bid for a preliminary injunction against Microsoft/Activision Blizzard, a recently departed official has said.

09 November 2023

Non-Structural Remedies and Their Key Strengths

Featured in Merger Remedies Guide - Fifth Edition

Antitrust authorities tend to prefer structural over non-structural remedies as the latter require constant monitoring, may be less effective and distort competition. Despite this, non-structural remedies may be more suitable in cases involving vertical and conglomerate concerns and have other key advantages.

25 October 2023

CMA reveals early thinking on cloud services probe into Microsoft and Amazon

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is seeking views on plans to focus its cloud services market inquiry around customer switching and barriers to entry as well as inviting comments on possible remedy options.

18 October 2023

CMA declares victory in Microsoft/Activision review

The chair, chief executive and other senior officials at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority took a victory lap today after confirming the conditional approval of Microsoft’s revamped acquisition of Activision.

13 October 2023

New Microsoft/Activision deal dodges EU inquiry

The European Commission has confirmed that Microsoft's reworked acquisition of Activision will not face additional scrutiny in Brussels.

13 October 2023

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