Google Cloud has accused Microsoft of anticompetitive cloud computing practices and criticised imminent deals with European cloud vendors, saying these do not solve broader concerns about its licensing terms.
Google Cloud vice president Amit Zavery urged European Union antitrust regulators to take a closer look at the issue.
Google Cloud’s first public comments on Microsoft and its EU deals underscores the rivalry between the two US tech giants in the multibillion-dollar cloud computing business where Google trails market leader Amazon Web Services and second-ranked Microsoft.
“Microsoft definitely has a very anticompetitive posture in cloud. They are leveraging a lot of their dominance in the on-premises business as well as Office 365 and Windows to tie Azure and the rest of cloud services and make it hard for customers to have a choice,” Zavery said in an interview late on Wednesday.
“When we talk to a lot of our customers, they find a lot of these bundling practices, as well as the way they create pricing and licensing restrictions, make it difficult for them to choose other providers,” he said.
He criticised Microsoft’s deals with smaller European cloud vendors.
Microsoft has offered to change its cloud computing practices in a deal with smaller rivals which in turn will suspend their antitrust complaints, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said this week. The move will stave off an EU investigation. — Foo Yun Chee, (c) 2023 Reuters