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Microsoft splits Teams from Office as antitrust pressure ramps up

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Microsoft, possibly hoping to deflect the blow of an ongoing antitrust investigation in the EU, is spinning Teams off from Office 365 to sell as its own separate app globally, Reuters reported today. Company spokesperson Robin Koch told The Verge via email that Microsoft is making the change to its business chat and conferencing app “to ensure clarity for our customers” after already doing so in the EU last year.

According to a new Microsoft blog post announcing the global rollout of its EU changes, Microsoft’s existing customers should be able to keep their current deal, which bundles Teams with Office and other products, renew, update, or pick a new offer. For anyone signing up fresh, Teams on its own will cost $5.25 for the…

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