March 25, 2004

Ballmer vows to fight EC's competition ruling

OwlWhacker writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has vowed to fight the European Commission's antitrust ruling, arguing that all companies, even ones with a near monopoly, have a right to improve their products.

Ballmer's comments follow a decision by the EC ordering Microsoft to offer a version of Windows that comes without the Windows Media Player and to share enough of its intellectual property to enable server industry rivals to sell machines that can effectively interoperate with Windows-based computers. The commission also imposed a record 497m fine against the software behemoth."


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