Microsoft Takes Strategic Step: Teams Separated from Office amid Antitrust Scrutiny

In a strategic move to address antitrust concerns and to have clarity for customers, Microsoft has globally separated its team’s business messaging and video app from its Office software suite. This resolution follows after a previous separation of the two products in Europe last year, which was triggered by concerns for possible fines from competition authorities and ongoing investigation by the European Commission. This investigation was initiated after a complaint from the rival company Slack in 2020.

The separation of Teams from Office will help Microsoft handle regulatory concerns and keep the business compliant with antitrust laws, which is a significant step for the business. By providing Teams as a standalone product, Microsoft is giving customers the choice to opt for a product that supports standardization of their software across geographical areas, which is critical for multinational companies.

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