"The European Union's competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes,
delivered an unusually blunt rebuke to Microsoft on Tuesday by
recommending that businesses and governments use software based on
"Ms. Kroes has fought bitterly with Microsoft over the last four
years, accusing the company of defying her orders and fining it
nearly 1.7 billion euros, or $2.7 billion, on the grounds of
violating European competition rules. But her comments were the
strongest recommendation yet by Ms. Kroes to jettison Microsoft
products, which are based on proprietary standards, and to use
rival operating systems to run computers..."
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