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Microsoft’s Entra ID Software Under EU Antitrust Scrutiny

EU is investigating if bundling Entra ID with Office 365 unfairly limits customer choice, potentially stifling competition from rivals.

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The European Union has opened an antitrust investigation into to determine if the tech giant is unfairly limiting its customers' ability to purchase competing security software. The inquiry, which began in January, specifically targets Microsoft's practices around its Entra ID software, known until recently as Azure Active Directory. This system is essential for businesses, as it manages which employees can access cloud-based applications.

Concerns Over Market Domination

Microsoft's Entra ID is integral to its cloud offerings, including and . Most corporate clients find themselves effectively obligated to use Entra ID due to its bundled inclusion. Competitors such as Okta and , which provide similar identity management solutions, are reportedly being marginalized as Microsoft does not allow Office 365 users the flexibility to opt for these alternative products. The European Commission's scrutiny signals a broader concern over Microsoft's ability to leverage its cloud business to edge out competition potentially.

Implications for the Tech Industry

This investigation is a part of the European Union's rigorous approach to monitoring competition within the tech sector, focusing on major companies like Microsoft. Not only does this probe shed light on the growing unease among regulators about how tech giants could be leveraging their market dominance to stifle competition, but it also highlights the increasing importance of cloud-based services in corporate environments. As the investigation progresses, the findings could have significant implications for Microsoft's business practices and for the broader landscape of security software and cloud services.

The European Commission has yet to announce any findings or potential penalties, but the outcome of this investigation could compel Microsoft to alter its bundling strategies or face significant fines. The tech industry is watching closely, as these developments could set important precedents for how digital monopolies are managed and regulated in the EU and beyond.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.
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