For many of us this has been one of the applications most important in the world of containment and remote work, but Microsoft Teams could be in hot water following complaints fromsome of its rivals.
The video conferencing tool is under investigation by European Union antitrust regulators after a protest from Slack .
The the online collaboration platform complained that the Microsoft Teams app integrates so firmly into the suite Office of the company gives it an unfair advantage.
According to Reuters, the European Commission sent a questionnaire to several Microsoft competitors Teams focusing on the period covering 2016 to 2021.
The form covers a range of areas, including requesting a list of customers who have moved to Microsoft Teams or its Office bundle, as well as how the pandemic has spurred demand for remote work tools like video conferencing.
The rivals areThey will also be asked about the revenue losses observed since the teams were launched, as well as any effect on research and development, and how this has affected the quality and price of their products.
We do not know not exactly which competitors are consulted as part of the research, but expect Slack to be involved, along with other online collaboration giants such as Zoom , Google Meet and Cisco WebEx were also probably used.
Slack says that bundling Microsoft Teams with Office gives the tool a boost by suggesting it is the most suitable option for users. It also states that uninstalling Teams is unnecessarily complex and that Microsoft was refusing to go crazy.Provide advice on how it would allow its service to work with competing platforms such as Slack.
The company has asked the EU to split Teams and Office to ensure that competing services like it stand a fair chance.
Microsoft Teams has grown rapidly over the past 18 months due to the large number of workers forced to work from home during the pandemic. The software should also play a central role in Windows 11 , where it will be placed in front and center in the taskbar, Microsoft apparently seeking to create Teams 2.0 the only central communication hub for users.