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"The European Commission has concluded, after a 5-year investigation, that Microsoft Corporation http://europa.eu.int/comm/competition/antitrust/cases/index/by_nr_75.html#i37_792 broke European Union competition law by leveraging its near monopoly in the market for PC operating systems (OS) onto the markets for work group server operating systems(1) and for media players(2). Because the illegal behavior is still ongoing, the Commission has ordered Microsoft to disclose to competitors, within 120 days, the interfaces(3) required for their products to be able to “talk” with the ubiquitous Windows OS. Microsoft is also required, within 90 days, to offer a version of its Windows OS without Windows Media Player to PC manufacturers (or when selling directly to end users). In addition, Microsoft is fined € 497.2 million for abusing its market power in the EU."

- "EU Commission Concludes Microsoft Investigation, Imposes Conduct Remedies and a Fine," Press Release No. 45/04, 24 March, 2004. No. 45/04 http://www.eurunion.org/news/press/2004/20040045.htm

Commission of the European Communities, Commission Decision of 24 March, 2004 relating to a proceeding under Article 82 of the EC Treaty (Case COMP/C-3/37.792 Microsoft)

PDF - http://europa.eu.int/comm/competition/antitrust/cases/decisions/37792/en.pdf


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