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Why the EU doesn't require Apple to integrate iMessage with other instant messengers

The European Commission said Apple's iMessage is not considered an "essential platform service" under the European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA). This decision means that new obligations, including compatibility with other messaging services, will not apply to this service. The commission also does not consider the Microsoft Edge browser, Bing search engine and advertising business to be core platform services.

Major decision of the European Commission

iMessage, Bing, Edge and Microsoft Advertising

After careful analysis of all arguments and hearing of the Consultative Committee on Digital Markets, the European Commission concluded that iMessage, Bing, Edge and Microsoft Advertising are not core platform services.

Why the EU doesn t require Apple to integrate iMessage with other instant messengers

The decision comes after a five-month investigation that began with the publication of a list of 22 regulated services in September last year. While Apple's app store, Safari browser and iOS operating system were recognized as the platform's core services, the decision on iMessage was made later. The iPadOS investigation is still ongoing.

WhatsApp and Messenger by Meta

Meta has identified its messaging platforms, WhatsApp and Messenger, as core platform services. It is also working to make these services compatible with third-party services. The company recently announced how WhatsApp interoperability will work, with the ability to receive messages from external messaging apps in a separate inbox. To interact with WhatsApp, companies must enter into an agreement with Meta and comply with its terms.

Why the EU doesn t require Apple to integrate iMessage with other instant messengers

iMessage avoids the obligations that DMA would impose on itself while Apple continues to meet stringent regulatory requirements for its Safari operating system iOS and App Store when the DMA goes into full effect on March 7th. Apple has announced changes that allow the use of alternative app stores and browsers.

Glossary

  • iMessage - messaging service from Apple
  • Bing - search engine from Microsoft
  • Edge - a browser from Microsoft
  • Microsoft Advertising - an advertising business from Microsoft
  • Meta - the company that owns WhatsApp and Messenger
  • DMA - European Union Digital Markets Act

Why the EU doesn t require Apple to integrate iMessage with other instant messengers

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Answers to questions

Which services are not considered essential platform services according to the decision of the European Commission?

iMessage, Bing, Edge and Microsoft Advertising are not considered essential platform services according to the decision of the European Commission.

What decision did the European Commission make on iMessage, Bing, Edge and Microsoft Advertising?

The European Commission has concluded that iMessage, Bing, Edge and Microsoft Advertising are not core platform services.

What explains the European Commission's decision on iMessage?

The European Commission's decision on iMessage was made after a thorough analysis of all arguments and a hearing by the Digital Markets Advisory Committee. The Commission concluded that iMessage is not a core service of the platform.

What services has Meta defined as the core services of the platform?

Meta has identified messaging services WhatsApp and Messenger as core platform services.

What changes does Apple allow for alternative app stores and browsers?

Apple has announced changes that will allow the use of alternative app stores and browsers to comply with regulatory requirements when the European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA) comes into full force on March 7th.

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The European Commission has announced that Apple's iMessage will not be designated as an "essential platform service" under the European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA). This decision means that the service will not be subject to new stringent obligations, including the requirement to ensure interoperability with other messaging services.
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Provide an update on the European Commission's decision regarding iMessage and its classification as the platform's core service
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