Amazon, Google criticize Microsoft’s cloud computing changes

Amazon and Alphabet unit Google have criticized Microsoft’s changes in cloud computing license, saying they limit competition and discourage customers from switching to rival cloud service providers.
Q2 2022 Cloud market spending
The size of Cloud computing spending was $62 billion in the second quarter of 2022, says Canalys. AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud command 63 percent of the total Cloud market in the world.

Microsoft, the second largest Cloud provider, on Monday announced amended licensing deals and other changes that will take effect on Oct. 1. Microsoft claims that the new Cloud licensing 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 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.

Amazon is the #1 cloud service provider – well ahead of Microsoft and Google.

“Microsoft is doubling-down on the same harmful practices by implementing even more restrictions in an unfair attempt to limit the competition it faces – rather than listening to its customers and restoring fair software licensing in the cloud for everyone,” a spokesperson for its cloud service unit AWS said in an email.

“The promise of the cloud is flexible, elastic computing without contractual lock-ins. Customers should be able to move freely across platforms and choose the technology that works best for them, rather than what works best for Microsoft,” Google’s vice president for government affairs and policy Google Cloud Marcus Jadotte, said in a tweet.