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Microsoft decouples Teams from 365 globally


The move comes eight months after the software giant unbundled the two solutions in the European Economic Area and Switzerland to quell regulatory concerns.

Dive Brief:

  • Microsoft will offer all enterprise customers separate Teams and 365 licensing options beginning April 1, the company announced Monday. The unbundling is part of a broader global licensing policy restructuring for the Microsoft 365 and Office 365 cloud-based business application suites and the Microsoft Teams collaboration tool.
  • The company decoupled Teams from 365 in the European Economic Area and Switzerland eight months ago in response to an ongoing antitrust investigation into Microsoft software licensing practices initiated by the European Commission in July.
  • Microsoft emphasized customer convenience rather than regulatory pressure in its announcement. “Globally consistent licensing helps ensure clarity for customers and streamline decision making and negotiations,” the company said.

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