Back in the Summer, Microsoft shocked the technology world by announcing that they were purchasing the “Facebook for Work” in LindedIn for a whopping $26 Billion in cash. Of course, any large deal such of this is subject to a large amount of scrutiny across the globe, and while Microsoft said back during the Summer that they hoped the deal would close quickly, regulations across the Atlantic in Europe might throw something of a spanner in the works. Microsoft is no stranger to the regulatory powers that the European Union wield, having been the subject of their own antitrust case in the past, and now seem keen to woo regulators in Europe to make sure this big deal goes ahead smoothly.
Microsoft has been on something of a PR tour throughout Europe recently, and with huge announcements like the firm even joining the Linux Foundation, it’s obvious that Microsoft is looking to end the year on something of a high. The European Commission might get in the way of this, however, as they have expressed some concerns over the deal between Microsoft and LinkedIn, while the Redmond firm is looking to put these concerns to bed. The Commission will come to a decision on December 6th, and if they decide they need more information, they could end up delaying the deal into 2017. For the European Commission, concerns will no doubt take shape surrounding competition and the fear that, should Microsoft be allowed to buy LinkedIn that they will end up with too much power in the technology space. For Microsoft, owning LinkedIn would allow them to further extend the reach of Office 365 and online connected services, leaving few others with the amount of firepower to compete, or so goes the EU’s reasoning.
Of course, Microsoft is keen to remind the commission that Facebook has already created a monopoly all their own in the social media space, and that with Microsoft’s brand and infrastructure, together it and LinkedIn could mount some sort of counter-attack against the service. Whether or not the European Commission will go for Microsoft’s flattery is unclear, but we might have to wait until December or even 2017 to find out.