EU probes Microsoft’s Nuance deal

EU’s antitrust regulator is probing Microsoft Corp’s $16 billion deal for transcription technology company Nuance Communications Inc.

Reuters says that the regulator is asking customers and competitors to draw up a list of concerns.

Earlier in June, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Australian Competition Commission in October had said they would not contest the deal.

The companies filed for approval from the European Commission’s competition bureau last month, and the regulator has until Dec. 21 to clear the deal or open a bigger investigation.

The companies had expected to close the deal by the end of this year, but said last month the timeline could slip to early next year.

The questionnaire asks whether Microsoft and Nuance are competitors and whether a tie-up could affect clients and rivals, including whether Microsoft could favor Nuance over competing services.