March 19, 2005

U.S. may reinstate complaint of EU aid

EU antitrust regulators fined Microsoft a record 497 million euros ($662 million) when they ruled a year ago that Microsoft abusively wielded the market dominance of its Windows software to lock competitors out of the market.

They ordered, among other things, that Microsoft share Windows server code with rivals so their products can better communicate on networks with machines that run Windows operating systems.

Microsoft decided that it would provide the information through licenses, which Todd said the European Commission believes are too expensive.

He said competitors are also having difficulty getting access to the information required to decide whether to buy a license, with Microsoft forcing everyone to buy a full license package.

Furthermore, he said vendors providing open-source products such as Linux are excluded from the process.

Link: Star-Telegram

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