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EU Court Holds the Antitrust Line Against Microsoft, But May Not Have Stemmed its Dominance Tide

Sep 18, 2007, 16:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"In what the New York Times is calling a 'stinging rebuke,' the European Court of First Instance issued a much-awaited judgment at 9:30 AM today in Brussels, Belgium, affirming almost all of the March 23, 2004 holdings by the European Commission that Microsoft had abused its dominant position to further expand its market share. The Court also affirmed the remedies against Microsoft, including fines of approximately US $1 billion. Only those parts of the original decision that would appointed a trustee to monitor Microsoft's compliance with the EU's orders were rejected, as exceeding the powers of the Commission. But while the victory is a significant one for the European Commission, how great a defeat is this in fact for Microsoft? Perhaps less than first meets the eye, on which more below.

"Today's decision is but the latest event in an almost 10 year history of investigations, trials, appeals, and new allegations that initially focused only on Microsoft's activities involving server software, but eventually grew to involve allegations of abuses in the office software marketplace as well..."

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