Microsoft to pay off cloud industry group to end EU antitrust complaint, Politico reports

Microsoft to pay off cloud industry group to end EU antitrust complaint, Politico reports

(Reuters) -Microsoft is close to reaching a multimillion-euro deal with an Amazon-backed cloud lobby to get it to drop its antitrust complaint to the European Commission, Politico reported on Saturday.

The deal, which has not yet been agreed by members of the Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe (CISPE) lobby group, would see the providers withdraw a request for an investigation into Microsoft’s cloud licensing deals, the report said, citing knowledgeable industry officials. of the proposal.

The deal would include a possible payment of several million euros to the trade association, according to the report, and separate payments could also be made to individual companies.

Microsoft, Amazon, CISPE and the European Commission did not immediately respond to requests for comment outside of normal business hours.

CISPE, whose members include Amazon and 26 smaller EU cloud computing providers, filed a lawsuit in late 2022, alleging that new contract terms imposed by Microsoft on October 1 were harming the European cloud computing ecosystem.

As part of any settlement, CISPE and its members would also agree not to file legal complaints against Microsoft in any country around the world, the report said.

Reuters was the first to report in February that Microsoft was in talks with CISPE to resolve the European Union’s antitrust complaint over the software giant’s cloud licensing practices.

(Reporting by Utkarsh Shetti and Gursimran Kaur in Bangalore; editing by Shri Navaratnam and Tom Hogue)

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