BRUSSELS — Microsoft, which was fined €1.6 billion ($1.7 billion) by EU antitrust regulators, will revise its license terms and allow cloud service providers to compete more effectively in response to complaints, chairman Brad Smith said Wednesday .
The company took the first, but not the last step to allay the concerns, Smith told a conference hosted by think tank Bruegel in Brussels.
Microsoft wants to listen and take action on the complaints, he said.
“It really starts with giving European cloud providers more options. So if there’s a company that has a data center but wants to run solutions in their cloud PBX data center, we create more options for them to do this with our software because that’s what they’ve been asking for,” he said. †
Smith said the changes include allowing cloud service providers to offer Windows as a complete desktop operating system, offer longer-term price protection, and revise license terms.
The company returned to EU competition enforcement’s radar after German software vendor NextCloud, France’s OVHcloud and two other companies filed complaints about Microsoft’s cloud practices. ($1 = 0.9518 euros) (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Jason Neely)
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