Microsoft is facing antitrust scrutiny for cloud-licensing practices and has pledged action to fix the issue — but its plans remain a mystery.
At issue is a set of licensing rule changes that make it more expensive to run Microsoft Windows, Office, Windows Server and SQL Server on cloud services other than Microsoft Azure. In a report Tuesday, Bloomberg spoke to customers affected by the issue, including one that found switching to Google Cloud would cost an extra $50 million in Windows licenses. It’s unclear exactly how much expense the rule changes add for the typical customer, though.
Microsoft acknowledged complaints about its rule changes this week.
“While not all of these claims are valid, some of them are, and we’ll absolutely make changes soon to address them,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a statement. “We’re committed to listening to our customers and meeting the needs of European cloud providers.”