Zoom Video Communications has met with regulators in the U.S., European Union and other jurisdictions, outlining concerns about alleged anticompetitive behavior by Microsoft, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The videoconferencing platform has spoken with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and competition enforcement agencies in the European Union, Britain and Germany over the past year, the report cited a person familiar with the matter.

The report added that Zoom expressed concerns about the way Microsoft prioritized its chat and video app Teams through price bundling and product design. “If there’s unfair competition, you probably won’t win.” Answering a question at the Goldman Sachs Communications and Technology Conference Tuesday.

The FTC declined to comment, while Zoom and Microsoft did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

In July, Microsoft found itself the target of an EU antitrust probe over its Teams bundling with Office products, following complaints filed in 2020 by rival workspace messaging app Slack, owned by Salesforce.

A month later, the software giant said it would spin off Teams from its Office product, making it easier for competing products to work with its software, in order to avoid possible EU antitrust fines.

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