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InfoWorld/Reuters: EU turns up heat on Microsoft with new threat

Aug 03, 2000, 14:36 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Sun alleges that the launch of Windows 2000 on February 17, 2000 was a final step in Microsoft's strategy to strengthen the effects of its refusal to supply interface information with the intention of driving all serious competitors out of the server software market," the Commission said in a statement."

"The Commission said Microsoft had about 95 percent of the market for personal computer operating systems. It said PCs using Microsoft software could only communicate with server systems if Microsoft made available certain technical information to competitors producing those servers. Without such information, computers running on Windows operating systems would have to use Windows server software too."

"A Commission spokeswoman said the substance of the latest case was the same as the investigation launched into Windows 2000 at the Commission's own initiative in February. ... The spokeswoman said the Commission "cannot exclude that the two cases may be combined in the future," adding the sending of a statement of objections indicated the Commission had "good evidence of misconduct."

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