Slack CEO says regulators should investigate the bundling of Teams into Windows 11

Radu Tyrsina
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  • Microsoft's decision to add Teams as a default app to Windows 11 is now being criticized by competitors.
  • Slack Co-Founder and CEO, Stewart Butterfield, requests regulator intervention in this delicate matter.
  • Stewart also adds that forcing people to use certain software is not at all a fair tactic, but that he expected it from Microsoft.
  • This is not the first time Slack takes shots at Microsoft, as the two companies have quite a history together. 
Slack vs Microsoft

Many communication app designing companies are not happy at all with Microsoft’s latest decision, which involves shipping their new OS with pre-installed communication software.

More exactly, when Microsoft announced Windows 11, they stated loud and clear that Teams will be a default component of the operating system.

This decision might come back to haunt them, as some of the rival companies are already soliciting regulator intervention.

Slack Co-Founder & CEO condemns Microsoft’s decision

It’s well known that Slack and Microsoft have some history together, and are not exactly best buddies. And after tensions between the two companies seemed to evaporate a bit, it seems that they might be at it again.

During a call with Yahoo Finance, Slack Co-Founder and CEO, Stewart Butterfield, takes some shots at the Redmond-based tech company’s latest decision.

As mentioned above, Microsoft is going to add its own app, Teams, to Windows 11’s default app roster. By doing so, the tech giant is trying to establish Teams dominance and eliminate the need for other such apps, like Zoom, or Slack.

It’s a familiar tactic when you think about Microsoft, to use a lot of leverage in order to further drive their business. I don’t think it’s a fair tactic and I’ll leave it to the regulators to investigate the ramifications of it. Ultimately, you can’t force people to use certain software, as they did twenty years ago with Internet Explorer. Back then, the internet was new and people didn’t know they had alternatives. However now, people know that they do have alternatives.

It would seem that more and more of Microsoft’s Windows 11 based decisions are now facing public backlash.

And Slack raising the alarm against the implementation of Teams into the base fabric of Windows 11 could be only the start of this whole story, as many other competitors might also feel some type of way.

This is not Slack’s first warning towards Microsoft

If you remember, Slack filed a complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission, last year, accusing the tech giant of using its market power to try to crush the upstart rival.

They claimed that Microsoft has illegally merged its collaboration software, which is Teams, to its dominant suite of productivity programs, Microsoft Office, which includes Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Slack felt like this tactic was in fact part of a pattern of anticompetitive behavior by Microsoft.

But if we go back even more, these two companies have been at each other’s throat for longer than you can imagine.

The eternal competition between the two giants resulted in some lawsuits over the years, but no important decisions have been made in the favor of any of them.

It remains to be seen how the competent authorities will decide to evaluate and further handle this matter.

What do you think about Microsoft’s decision to add Teams as a default app in Windows 11? Let us know in the comments section below.

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