AWS and Google not Amused with Microsoft License Changes
Microsoft’s recent licensing changes have sparked criticism from competitors Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google. The two parties argue that the changes harm competition in the market and are unfair to customers.
Microsoft announced the license changes last week on its EU Policy Blog. According to the company, the changes should make it easier to bring workloads and licenses to partners’ clouds.
Among other things, they ensure that customers with a Microsoft Software Assurance maintenance program or subscription licenses can use those licenses to install Microsoft software on any outsourcer’s infrastructure.
However, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google argue that the license changes hurt competition in the market and discourage consumers from switching cloud service providers. The tech giants point out that so-called listed providers are excluded.
This group includes Microsoft’s biggest competitors, such as AWS, Google, and Alibaba.