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Reseller ValueLicensing says recent efforts to push customers to cloud services have destroyed its business model.

Microsoft monopoly in danger of destroying a multi-billion dollar market.

A Derbyshire-based Microsoft reseller is suing the company for £270 million in damages for allegedly trying to destroy its business model by incentivising customers to migrate towards its cloud-based services.

ValueLicensing operates by purchasing second-hand perpetual Microsoft licenses, such as Office 2019 or Visio 2016, from companies that are either upgrading their IT estates or have declared insolvency. It then sells these on to other organisations at a discounted price, saving them money against purchasing first-hand licenses from Microsoft.