Microsoft is offering new concessions to European regulators in an effort to win approval of its proposed $26 billion acquisition of business social network LinkedIn, according to a report by Reuters, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.
The concessions include providing LinkedIn rivals continued access to Microsoft’s application programming interfaces, or APIs, and ensuring that Microsoft’s hardware partners have the option of favoring either LinkedIn or its rivals in preinstalled promotions on new computers and devices, according to the Reuters report.
Microsoft appears to be trying to assure regulators that LinkedIn competitors will have a level playing field, with access to the Redmond company’s platforms and technology.
EU officials and Microsoft aren’t commenting on the status of the review. Salesforce has asked European regulators to investigate the acquisition based on antitrust concerns. A ruling is expected Dec. 6. The deal has already received U.S. regulatory approval.