Store wars: When tech companies grouse about each other

Tech companies can really be the worst kind of people sometimes.

Here we are in the middle of a global pandemic and they’re snipping at each other.

“Microsoft told antitrust committee that Apple’s App Store is anticompetitive.”

Which is funny to those familiar with pots and kettles because Internet Explorer. But you don’t need to go back to the Bush administration to find antitrust complaints about Microsoft.

You just need to go back to Wednesday.

“Slack files competition complaint against Microsoft in the EU.”

While Slack has long claimed that Microsoft Teams isn’t one of its competitors, it now says:

“Microsoft is reverting to past behavior,” claims David Schellhase, general counsel at Slack. “They created a weak, copycat product and tied it to their dominant Office product, force installing it and blocking its removal…”

That certainly sounds like Microsoft but, as Ben Thompson points out (subscription), Slack is better at chat and Teams is better at integration (albeit integrating with Microsoft stuff). So they’re kinda both wrong.