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Update: European Court to Microsoft: You Lose

Sep 17, 2007, 13:30 (11 Talkback[s])

"The European Union's second highest court Monday turned down most of Microsoft's appeal of its 2004 antitrust ruling by the European Commission (EC).

"Ruling from Luxembourg, the European Court of First Instance (CFI) upheld the EC's March 2004 decision that the company was in breach of European competition law through the abuse of its dominant market position..."

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WRAL: Red Hat CEO Hails European Union Court Ruling against Microsoft

"'Today's decision by the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg in the Microsoft matter is great news for innovation and consumer choice, both in Europe and around the world,' Szulik said in a statement issued by Red Hat shortly after the court decision was announced. 'The Court has confirmed that competition law prevents a monopolist from simply using its control of the market to lock in customers and stifle new competitors...'"

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ZDNet UK: Breaking News: Microsoft Dodges EU Appeal Questions

"Smith did make several references to the fact that Microsoft is not the only company to have a dominant market share in the tech industry. He mentioned Apple's 70 percent share digital downloads as evidence that the Microsoft's Media Player hadn't curbed competition in that segment of the market.

"Smith also claimed that Linux Server has grown faster than Windows Server recently as more evidence that Microsoft hasn't got things all its own way. However he was quick to point out that did not mean that Microsoft would not comply with the EU's 2004 ruling..."

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