EU: Salesforce questions Microsoft-LinkedIn deal

Microsoft outmuscled its rival Salesforce.com this year to buy LinkedIn, the professional social network, for $26.2 billion.

Now, Salesforce has raised competitin questions in Europe focused on whether Microsoft’s proposed deal would hinder access by people and companies to the vast collection of data held by LinkedIn. Salesforce.com has also suggested that the deal would give Microsoft an unfair advantage over rivals by combining its own software services with the information held by the social network.

Salesforce.com’s concerns do not necessarily mean that Commissioner Margrethe Vestager will open an investigation into Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn, though on Thursday she raised her own questions about how digital data should be treated in future competition cases.

Full Content: The New York Times

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