Microsoft is responding to complaints from several European cloud operators.

Microsoft wants to make modifications and change its policy on bundles and shared licenses. It is its president, Brad Smith, who confirms this. It remains to take action and not be satisfied with the situation while the US company accumulates complaints from European cloud operators against it …

Microsoft President Brad Smith takes only the pen on key topics such as those related to the environmental impact of digital technology, the societal duties of international giants, and the consequences of geopolitical tensions…

And if the pen is used again today, it will attempt to respond to criticism from several European cloud providers (including OVHcloud and NextCloud) who have lodged a complaint with the European Union over anti-competitive practices. The complaints that led the European Commission to launch an investigation into the US giant’s cloud practices last April.

It basically explains the following: While not all of these claims are valid, some of them are true, and we’ll definitely be making changes soon to address them. As a major technology provider, we recognize our responsibility and duty to support a healthy competitive environment and the role that trusted local providers play in meeting customers’ technology needs. »

Even Brad Smith admits it “Over the past few years, the focus on competition with the biggest technology providers (Editor’s note: Amazon and Google) has resulted in not enough attention being paid to the impact this has on our supplier partners. The cloud. We will be making changes to fix this, starting today.”

Thus, Microsoft has identified 5 principles of European cloud computing. The latter must now dictate all aspects of its cloud business, improve transparency and contribute to better support for Europe’s specific needs:

1 – We will ensure that our public cloud meets Europe’s needs and supports its values.

2 – We will ensure that our cloud provides a platform for the success of European software developers.

3- We will partner with and support European cloud providers.

4 – We will offer cloud offerings that meet the sovereign needs of European governments in partnership with trusted local technology providers.

5 – We understand that European governments regulate technology and we will adapt and support these efforts.

Good words must be accompanied by action that the European Commission will not fail to monitor closely.

First, Microsoft promises Enable more European cloud providers to host their solutions Starting with Microsoft 365 of course, but also Windows 11 through DaaS solutions.

Then Brad Smith claims to have heard Seagrave’s complaints. ” In recent meetings across Europe we have heard requests to simplify our licensing, so we have revised and will be making changes inspired in part by Fair Software Licensing Principles Created by two leading European organisations, CIGREF and CISPE “.
Microsoft promises a simpler, clearer, and more transparent licensing In terms of costs.

The publisher also promises to review its Software Assurance to allow on-site licenses to be moved to the cloud.We will extend Software Assurance “to allow customers to use their licenses on any European cloud provider that provides services in their data centers, in the same way they can on Azure today, whether on dedicated or multi-tenant machines.” Brad Smith says.
Finally, Microsoft promises to make Windows Server licenses more flexible to allow them to be used in virtual and cloud environments

Another major announcement, Microsoft will create a support team dedicated to European withdrawals It promises to be more responsive to requests from European cloud service providers. The publisher is also promising to put in place new mechanisms to allow European cloud providers to exploit its technologies under “ sovereign solutions As in the case of Blue’s agreement with Orange and Capgemini.

Even if all these announcements showed a desire to go in the right direction, it is unlikely to be enough to placate the players who accuse it of systematically bundling its solutions with its cloud services. Nor is it likely that it will be enough to satisfy the European Commission, whose realization is just beginning.


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