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Microsoft brokers deal with European cloud lobby, dodges EU antitrust probe


The cloud and software giant has nine months to resolve software licensing issues and roll out an Azure integration solution under the agreement terms.

Dive Brief:

  • Lobbying group Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe will withdraw its antitrust complaint against Microsoft as part of an agreement announced Wednesday, CISPE said in a statement.
  • The deal between the two organizations gives the provider nine months to stand up an enhanced Azure Stack HCI solution that enables European cloud providers to offer Microsoft applications and services on local cloud infrastructures.
  • The trade organization set up a European Cloud Observatory to monitor the rollout and will reactivate the competition complaint if the terms are not satisfied. The original complaint was filed with the European Commission in November 2022. Microsoft competitor AWS, a CISPE member, was excluded from the negotiations leading up to the agreement, the organization said.

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