Microsoft's Doing the Monopoly Thing Again, Slack Says

Microsoft's Doing the Monopoly Thing Again, Slack Says
Source: Gizmodo

Workplace messaging software company Slack is accusing Microsoft of monopoly behavior in an antitrust complaint filed today to European Union regulators. Unsurprisingly, the accusations hinge on the same practice that helped make Microsoft rich in the first place.

Bill Gates, Windows, innovation, yes, yes, OK—undoubtedly Microsoft had a lot to contribute to the early years of home computing. But what helped it grow to mammoth scale was software bundling: specifically, the practice of getting its products pre-installed on brand new machines built by third parties—and making it hard to delete those programs and replace them with competitors.

You might remember this refrain from such hits as United States v. Microsoft Corporation, and Microsoft Corp. vs. Commission, the latter of which eventually cost the company over a billion dollars after it became “the first company in 50 years of EU competition policy that the Commission has had to fine for failure to comply with an antitrust decision,” according to the European Commission’s then-Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes.



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