Microsoft sought EU antitrust approval on Friday for its $26 billion bid for social network LinkedIn (lnkd), a spokesman said on Friday, kicking off a month-long review by regulators of its largest deal.
"We filed today," company spokesman Robin Koch said.
He said the European Commission has set a Nov. 22 deadline to examine the case. The EU competition authority can either clear the deal with or without concessions or it can open a lengthy investigation if it has serious concerns.
U.S. software company Salesforce (crm) has criticized the takeover, saying it threatens innovation and competition.
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Antitrust regulators in the United States, Canada, and Brazil have already cleared the deal.