Tech giants, including Google, express dissatisfaction over unfair practices in the cloud industry

Tech industry leaders, including Google, express concerns about alleged unfair practices in the cloud market, with Microsoft being a prominent target. These grievances were submitted in response to a request from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seeking information on security and competition in the cloud industry. The scrutiny extends globally, with Europe’s antitrust authority investigating Microsoft’s licensing agreements, which are claimed to discourage the use of rival cloud services. Additionally, the industry has criticized the fees associated with transferring data from different cloud providers. Trade group NetChoice and Google both emphasized the existence of anticompetitive practices that hinder customer choice and innovation. They specifically cited licensing terms enforced by Microsoft and Oracle as distorting competition in the cloud market. These concerns echo previous criticisms from Amazon and highlight the need for fair practices within the industry.