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Microsoft moves to unbundle Teams and Office globally

U.S. tech giant Microsoft is looking to separate its chat and video app Teams from its Office product globally. Six months earlier, Microsoft unbundled the two products in Europe to thwart a possible EU antitrust fine.

A 2020 complaint by Salesforce-owned workspace messaging app Slack, a competitor to Microsoft’s Teams, led the European Commission to start an investigation into the merger of Office and Teams.

Apart from Slack, Teams, usurped Skype for Business and became popular during the pandemic due in part to its video conferencing.

Microsoft’s rivals think that tying up Office and Teams gives Microsoft an unfair advantage.

Now, Microsoft is unbundling Teams from M365 and O365 “in the European Economic Area and Switzerland to customers globally,” Reuters reports.

Starting April 1, customers can either continue with their current licensing deal, renew, update or switch to the new offers.

EU Antitrust charges still loom for Microsoft as rivals continue to criticize the level of the fees and the ability of their messaging services to function with Office Web Applications in their own services.

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