"(...) quite late in the process"
Are we? I'm not seeing anything in the article that suggests that this complaint will get anywhere anytime soon, unfortunately.
Microsoft is facing an antitrust complaint in Europe from France's OVHcloud. The French data centre provider, which sells web hosting, cloud computing and dedicated server instances, filed the complaint with the European Commission's (EC) antitrust arm in the summer of 2021. The filing - which has only come to light over the …
As a cloud provider we have been waiting some time for the larger providers to stand-up.
Examples of this include:
Office 365/Microsoft 365 - Microsoft provides Office Licenses on a subscription basis to end users for significantly less than the cloud providers can provide the licenses under SPLA - additionally Microsoft allows end users to install the software on multiple machines across Azure and their own desktop, whereas cloud providers can only provide the license for use on the cloud platform. Users are not allowed to install office on the cloud provider unless the cloud provider is Tier 1 and has QMTH which requires the cloud provider to spend at least $300,000 with Microsoft - but they won't be doing this as they run their own platform.
Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit - allowing users to bring Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance - which is not allowed on any other provider.
Forcing cloud providers to utilise SPLA Licensing which is generally increased by 10 to 15% every year.
Microsoft forcing audits on all other providers but ignoring compliancy on their platform.
Removing dedicated options to host on dedicated hardware for the major public cloud providers.
Automatically allowing use of "365" applications in any situation on Azure but requiring all other providers to either use hardware dedicated to the customer or if on shared environments be the provider under CSP Tier 1 with QMTH - this locks out customer flexibility - why demand this when in reality there is no difference between physical and virtual instances and the customer clearly has to purchase the subscription to use the software so cannot pirate it.
Creating a specialist version of Windows 10/11 called MultiSession" that provides RDS like functionality within Azure Virtual Desktop - but is technically restricted so that it only operates on Azure. Licensing is through Microsoft subscription bundles that include WIndows Enterprise.
All other providers have to either provide functionality via RDSH with the additional cost of RDS CALs via SPLA (which as noted increase every year) or dedicated Windows 10/11 VDI.
Announcing that the Office 365 apps for Enterprise will no longer be supported on servers (e.g. RDSH which cloud providers are required to use) following 2025 and also not releasing support for server 2022 despite normal Office having support for server 2022. - Essentially this newly announced policy either requires users of cloud services to purchase SPLA Office for use in RDSH or use Microsoft VDA to save paying for office twice.
All of the above are Licensing "optimisations" that unfairly favour Microsoft over other Cloud Providers - Big and Small.
Think you forgot some
Preventing customers from brining their sql licences to PaaS services, but they can in azure
Not allowing customers from using MSDN licenses anywhere but Azure
Blocking O365 installs anywhere but Azure,
Preventing anyone from
Being able to bring their windows licences, that they paid for, to anyone except azure from 2019 onwards
I don't really see how the EC's antitrust arm performance on the timely investigation of complaints is doing the EU any good; its almost as if it is a pro-US beachhead into the EU.
The whole point of the Single Market was to create a single European market for European (inc. UK) businesses to grow in with some protection from foreign multinationals.
Open-Source or fighting abuse by a monopolist like Microsoft is often referred by MS, or any other Big-Tech affiniados, as "communism".
This is actually extremely funny, since anyone supporting Big-Tech practices supports Stalinist dictatorship in tech. It is the Open-Source community providing capitalist free market choice and diversity. Technology offered by Big-Tech offers no choice at all, except not buying it.
One can choose many Linux variants with different GUI's, MS victims are forced to live by whatever some apparatchiks in Redmond deem good, like in the case of Windows 11, which is the answer to a question nobody asked, and just feels like to drive a car where some guy decided to put the clutch where the handbrake lever used to be.
Azure combined with the de-facto monopoly MS holds on software can never go well. Independent hosting companies should be given a chance to live, not be torpedoed out of the market by MS offering better licensing conditions on its software products when their software is hosted on Azure.
With Azure, the decades overdue moment is there to force MS to breakup into separate companies, otherwise Europe will lose total control over its IT. That would be bad. After most of independent hosting companies are bankrupt, prices of Azure will go up even more.
Today Russia, tomorrow anything can happen causing the the US government to push the red button on European access to US linked technology and services. And that would be worse, one never knows who the next guy in the White house will be.
Having successfully appealed Europe's €1.06bn ($1.2bn) antitrust fine, Intel now wants €593m ($623.5m) in interest charges.
In January, after years of contesting the fine, the x86 chip giant finally overturned the penalty, and was told it didn't have to pay up after all. The US tech titan isn't stopping there, however, and now says it is effectively seeking damages for being screwed around by Brussels.
According to official documents [PDF] published on Monday, Intel has gone to the EU General Court for “payment of compensation and consequential interest for the damage sustained because of the European Commissions refusal to pay Intel default interest."
Microsoft has added a certification to augment the tired eyes and haunted expressions of Exchange support engineers.
The "Microsoft 365 Certified: Exchange Online Support Engineer Specialty certification" was unveiled yesterday and requires you to pass the "MS-220: Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Online" exam.
Microsoft has indefinitely postponed the date on which its Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) will be required to sell software and services licences on new terms.
Those new terms are delivered under the banner of the New Commerce Experience (NCE). NCE is intended to make perpetual licences a thing of the past and prioritizes fixed-term subscriptions to cloudy products. Paying month-to-month is more expensive than signing up for longer-term deals under NCE, which also packs substantial price rises for many Microsoft products.
Channel-centric analyst firm Canalys unsurprisingly rates NCE as better for Microsoft than for customers or partners.
Updated Two security vendors – Orca Security and Tenable – have accused Microsoft of unnecessarily putting customers' data and cloud environments at risk by taking far too long to fix critical vulnerabilities in Azure.
In a blog published today, Orca Security researcher Tzah Pahima claimed it took Microsoft several months to fully resolve a security flaw in Azure's Synapse Analytics that he discovered in January.
And in a separate blog published on Monday, Tenable CEO Amit Yoran called out Redmond for its lack of response to – and transparency around – two other vulnerabilities that could be exploited by anyone using Azure Synapse.
The US government is pushing federal agencies and private corporations to adopt the Modern Authentication method in Exchange Online before Microsoft starts shutting down Basic Authentication from the first day of October.
In an advisory [PDF] this week, Uncle Sam's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) noted that while federal executive civilian branch (FCEB) agencies – which includes such organizations as the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and such departments as Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury, and State – are required to make the change, all organizations should make the switch from Basic Authentication.
"Federal agencies should determine their use of Basic Auth and migrate users and applications to Modern Auth," CISA wrote. "After completing the migration to Modern Auth, agencies should block Basic Auth."
Updated Microsoft's latest set of Windows patches are causing problems for users.
Windows 10 and 11 are affected, with both experiencing similar issues (although the latter seems to be suffering a little more).
KB5014697, released on June 14 for Windows 11, addresses a number of issues, but the known issues list has also been growing. Some .NET Framework 3.5 apps might fail to open (if using Windows Communication Foundation or Windows Workflow component) and the Wi-Fi hotspot features appears broken.
Microsoft is flagging up a security hole in its Service Fabric technology when using containerized Linux workloads, and urged customers to upgrade their clusters to the most recent release.
The flaw is tracked as CVE-2022-30137, an elevation-of-privilege vulnerability in Microsoft's Service Fabric. An attacker would need read/write access to the cluster as well as the ability to execute code within a Linux container granted access to the Service Fabric runtime in order to wreak havoc.
Through a compromised container, for instance, a miscreant could gain control of the resource's host Service Fabric node and potentially the entire cluster.
Jeffrey Snover's lengthy and occasionally controversial term at Microsoft is to come to an end this week, as the PowerShell inventor sets off for pastures new after more than two decades at the Windows giant.
Microsoft has pledged to clamp down on access to AI tools designed to predict emotions, gender, and age from images, and will restrict the usage of its facial recognition and generative audio models in Azure.
The Windows giant made the promise on Tuesday while also sharing its so-called Responsible AI Standard, a document [PDF] in which the US corporation vowed to minimize any harm inflicted by its machine-learning software. This pledge included assurances that the biz will assess the impact of its technologies, document models' data and capabilities, and enforce stricter use guidelines.
This is needed because – and let's just check the notes here – there are apparently not enough laws yet regulating machine-learning technology use. Thus, in the absence of this legislation, Microsoft will just have to force itself to do the right thing.
Microsoft is extending the Defender brand with a version aimed at families and individuals.
"Defender" has been the company's name of choice for its anti-malware platform for years. Microsoft Defender for individuals, available for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers, is a cross-platform application, encompassing macOS, iOS, and Android devices and extending "the protection already built into Windows Security beyond your PC."
The system comprises a dashboard showing the status of linked devices as well as alerts and suggestions.
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