The Germany-based company behind the on-premises content collaboration platform that shares its name, has put together a coalition of 30 organizations to fight Microsoft on antitrust grounds.
The issue is the integration of Teams as a default application in Windows 11, along with Microsoft pushing One Drive for file storage in its software, especially in its browser based 365 family of apps.
“This is quite similar to what Microsoft did when it killed competition in the browser market, stopping nearly all browser innovation for over a decade,” Nextcloud’s founder and CEO said in a statement. “This kind of behaviour is bad for the consumer, for the market and, of course, for local businesses in the EU. Together with the other members of the coalition, we are asking the antitrust authorities in Europe to enforce a level playing field, giving customers a free choice and to give competition a fair chance.”
Gaël Duval, founder and CEO of France-based ECorp/Esolutions, said in a statement. “Microsoft should compete on the merits of their solution, not pushing it down users throats with anticompetitive behaviours.”
So yes, the case is about giving others a fairer chance to compete, especially the various enterprise open source providers as well as proprietary vendors. But previously with the browser market, this did open up the market to a lot more competition and variety.
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Nextcloud, The Document Foundation and 28 others are pushing the EU and member states to end noncompetitive actions by Microsoft and others.