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September 20, 2005

More Antitrust Troubles in Euro Land

Posted by David Hunter at 9:53 AM ET.

EU antitrust chief weighs more action on Microsoft:

Almost 18 months after ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominance in the market for desktop operating system software, Europe’s antitrust authority is considering opening new cases against the company, its top official, Neelie Kroes, said Monday.

Last year’s ruling resulted in a 497 million, or $603 million, fine against Microsoft and an order to change the way it sells its software in Europe. The changes have not formally taken effect yet and the ruling is under appeal.

But in an interview, Kroes said that she was not going to wait for the courts before considering more action against the company. “We have had informal complaints, and we are using our time now to look at them,” she said. “We’re not going to wait and do nothing.”

Hit the link for the details, but the new, “informal” complaints are about Office and Vista bundling.

Filed under Antitrust, Governmental Relations, Legal, OS - Client, Office, Office 2003, Office 2007, Windows Vista

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