Microsoft may very well be in some bother over its April 2021 $19.7 billion buy of Nuance Communications — which focuses on synthetic intelligence and speech transcription, particularly in U.S. hospitals. That’s in line with Reuters, which obtained a questionnaire displaying that the European Union’s antitrust regulator has requested prospects and Nuance opponents to attract up a listing of considerations over the deal.
On the middle of the antitrust difficulty is whether or not Microsoft would possibly find yourself favoring Nuance over different companies from Phillips and 3M Co. There’s additionally the potential of Microsoft forcing Nuance to make use of Microsoft’s Workplace suite of merchandise. Microsoft and Nuance didn’t touch upon the report, however the potential antitrust investigation may very well be the rationale for a delay within the closing components of Microsoft’s acquisition.
It’s being reported that the timeline for the unique deal to shut might fall into early subsequent yr. That’s even with the U.S. Division of Justice already approving the deal in June, and the Australian Competitors Fee in October. As for the European Union, antitrust regulators have till December 21, 2021, to approve the Microsoft acquisition, or take one other route and open an even bigger investigation.
What makes Microsoft’s acquisition of Nuance completely different from earlier ones from corporations like Amazon or Google is the potential entry to information. In line with Reuters, Microsoft might have “unfettered” entry to Nuance buyer information for analysis and improvement. This may be to assist Microsoft’s personal Synthetic Intelligence choices.
Nuance already has the dragon speech recognition software program, which helped construct Apple’s Siri. The corporate additionally claims that its companies are in 77% of hospitals in america.
Microsoft has not confronted as a lot scrutiny in america in relation to antitrust points. Its opponents, Apple, Amazon, Fb, and Google have been below the eyes of Congress in numerous antitrust hearings up to now yr.
Apple was below investigation for the 30% cost it places on app retailer builders. Amazon was accused of utilizing information about impartial sellers on the corporate’s platform. Fb, in the meantime, was accused of shopping for up opponents, and Google for monitoring information on the utilization of third-party apps on Google gadgets after which utilizing it to design Google-owned merchandise.