South Africa to investigate Microsoft over cloud computing licensing practices, source says

FILE PHOTO: A Microsoft logo is seen in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris

(Reuters) -A South African antitrust agency is set to investigate Microsoft over its cloud computing licensing practices, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

The South African case against Microsoft is likely to mirror the European Union antitrust case, according to the source.

Microsoft is not aware of any complaint filed by the South African competition authority, the company said in an emailed statement.

South Africa's competition agency did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The U.S. software giant faces a EU complaint by rivals over its cloud computing licensing practices in the region.

Industry group CISPE, which includes members such as and 26 small EU cloud providers, filed a complaint in late 2022 alleging Microsoft's new contractual terms were harming Europe's cloud computing ecosystem.

Microsoft amended its licensing terms in mid-2022 after rivals in Germany, Italy, Denmark and France took their grievances to the EU competition watchdog.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee and Nilutpal Timsina; Additional reporting by Yuvraj Malik, Priyanka.G Editing by Anil D'Silva)