South Africa to probe Microsoft’s cloud computing licensing policies- source

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South Africa to probe Microsoft's cloud computing licensing policies- source
South Africa to probe Microsoft's cloud computing licensing policies- source

A South African antitrust agency is planning to investigate Microsoft, ushering in a new chapter in the company’s cloud computing licensing arrangements.

A South African antitrust agency is preparing to probe Microsoft (MSFT.O), opening a new chapter in its cloud computing licensing arrangements, a source with direct knowledge of the situation stated on Thursday.

According to the source, the South African lawsuit against Microsoft will most likely mimic the antitrust action in the European Union.

Microsoft responded in an emailed statement that it is unaware of any complaints made by the South African Competition Authority.

Rivals in the EU have filed a complaint against the US software giant for its cloud computing licensing arrangements in the region.

In late 2022, the industry association CISPE, which includes members including Amazon.com (AMZN.O.) and 26 minor EU cloud providers, filed a protest stating that Microsoft’s new contractual terms were damaging Europe’s cloud.

Microsoft changed its licensing terms in mid-2022 after rivals in Germany, Italy, Denmark, and France complained to the EU competition monitor.

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