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CNET News.com/Reuters: Microsoft still faces lengthy probe in Europe

Apr 03, 2000, 20:45 (1 Talkback[s])

"The European Commission said today its investigation into alleged antitrust violations by Microsoft will continue regardless of the decision in a separate U.S. investigation."

"EU Competition Commissioner Mario Monti said the body was reacting to allegations that Windows 2000 could give the company a stranglehold over server software and ultimately e-commerce."

"Monti said consumers, small computer businesses and competitors of Microsoft had complained the firm had bundled its personal computer operating system with its own server software and other Microsoft software products, known as middleware "in a way which permits only Microsoft products to be fully interoperable.""

"The commission's probe is likely to last for several months and may not mark the end of the company's problems in Europe. The day after his announcement, Monti's representative confirmed the commission had other investigations pending involving the company but declined to give further details."

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