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Microsoft's Problem is Close to Home

Sep 21, 2007, 23:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gapper)

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"Microsoft was dealt a nasty blow by the European Court of First Instance this week. The court backed the European Commission's ruling in 2004 that the software group abused its near-monopoly in personal computers to stymie competitors.

"Not only does Microsoft face the reinforced threat of fines if it fails to obey the Commission's orders, but also the latter may try to cramp Windows Vista, the latest version of the operating software that Microsoft originally produced in an effort to rival the graphical user interface pioneered by Apple. Neelie Kroes, the competition commissioner, says she would like Windows' market share to fall from more than 90 per cent to nearer 50 per cent..."

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