Amazon, Google slam Microsoft’s cloud computing changes

Amazon and Alphabet unit Google criticised Microsoft’s cloud computing changes on Tuesday, saying they limit competition and discourage customers from switching to rival cloud service providers.

The US software giant on Monday announced amended licensing deals and other changes that will take effect on October 1 and which they say will make it easier for cloud service providers to compete. Amazon, Google, Alibaba and Microsoft’s own cloud services will be excluded from the deals.

Microsoft’s move came after smaller European Union competitors took their grievances about its cloud service practices to EU antitrust regulators, which subsequently quizzed market players on the issue and what impact they have experienced.

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