"The European Union has opened legal action against Microsoft.
It has issued a formal legal warning against the US software giant,
alleging it abused its power to gain an edge in the market for
"If Microsoft fails to satisfy the commission that its concerns
are unfounded, it could face a 10% fine on its revenues. However,
in practice fines have never exceeded 1%."
"We will not tolerate the extension of existing dominance
into adjacent markets through the leveraging of market power by
anti-competitive means," the Commissioner said in a statement. "All
companies that want to do business in the European Union must play
by its anti-trust rules and I'm determined to act for their
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