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.
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.
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.
- 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