Should new tech rules apply to Microsoft’s Bing, Apple’s iMessage, EU asks

BRUSSELS, Oct 9 (Reuters) – European Union antitrust regulators are asking Microsoft (MSFT.O) users and rivals whether Bing must comply with new tougher tech rules and whether Apple (AAPL.O) should follow suit for iMessage. This is how it should be, people familiar said. This was said on Monday.

The European Commission launched an investigation in September to assess whether Microsoft’s Bing, Edge and Microsoft Advertising, as well as Apple’s iMessage, should be subject to the Digital Markets Act (DMA).

The investigation came as the companies protested the EU competition regulator’s labeling of these services as core platform services under the DMA.

DMA requires Microsoft, Apple, Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google, Amazon (AMZN.O), Meta Platform (META.O) and ByteDance to allow third-party apps or app stores on their platforms and make it easier for them to Needed. Among other obligations, users will have to switch from default apps to rivals.

The Commission sent out questionnaires earlier this month asking competitors and users to rate the importance of Microsoft’s three services and Apple’s iMessage compared to competing services.

People familiar with the matter said the EU watchdog asked whether there was anything specific about the services that business users rely on and how they fit into the companies’ ecosystem.

It also asked the number of users using the services.

Respondents were given less than a week to respond. The commission wants to complete its investigation within five months.

Reporting by Fu Yun Chi, Editing by Deborah Kivarikosios and Angus MacSwan

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An agenda-setting and market-moving journalist, Fu Yun Chi is a 20-year veteran of Reuters. His stories on high profile mergers have lifted the European telecoms index, lifted companies’ shares and helped investors decide on their move. His knowledge and experience of European antitrust laws and developments helped him break stories on Microsoft, Google, Amazon, numerous market-changing mergers and antitrust investigations. She has previously reported on Greek politics and companies, when Greece’s entry into the Eurozone meant it punched above its weight on the international stage, as well as Dutch corporate giants and the quirks of Dutch society and culture that continue to attract readers. I never failed.

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