After fierce criticism from Epic Games and Spotify, the news announced by Apple for comply with the Digital Markets Act they continue to be discussed. The latest company to join the chorus is Microsoftaccording to which the changes that will come into force in the European Union countries in March are “a step in the wrong direction”.
Microsoft also criticizes Apple’s new tax for the European market
As has been known since December, Microsoft is developing an alternative app store for iPhones which will mainly focus on games. The platform should debut by the end of 2024, at least according to the latest rumors.
For the Mountain View company it is an excellent opportunity to give greater visibility to its gaming offering, yet the enthusiasm in the company is not at the highest levels. Sarah Bondpresident of the Xbox division, judged the game negatively new tax on single downloads of applications from third-party marketplaces (€0.50 for each annual installation after one million downloads). Just like Tim Sweeney and Daniel Ek of Epic Games and Spotify respectively.
Taking up the recent threads of the CEO of Spotify, who spoke of extortion, Bond writes that “Apple’s new policy is a step in the wrong direction“. For this reason, it hopes that the Cupertino company “you listen to feedback and work towards a more inclusive future for all“.
We believe constructive conversations drive change and progress towards open platforms and greater competition. Apple’s new policy is a step in the wrong direction. We hope they listen to feedback on their proposed plan and work towards a more inclusive future for all. https://t.co/mDRI5KPJf6
— BondSarahBond (@BondSarah_Bond) January 29, 2024
Microsoft did not go into detail but it is clear that the reference is to the aforementioned tax called Core Technology Fee, which effectively allows Apple to replenish its coffers even in cases where it cannot count on the commissions provided by the App Store.
Speaking of the DMA, Apple has also thrown open its doors (or rather, was forced to do so) to cloud gaming applications. This means that the Xbox Cloud Gaming and GeForce NOW apps could/should also arrive on iPhone in the future.