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Microsoft faces new antitrust probes in Europe

Posted: 17 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:antitrust probe? Windows OS? software?

The European Commission (EC) has launched two new antitrust probes against Microsoft, according to an Agence France-Presse report.

The EC disclosed that one investigation zeroed in the interoperability of a broad range of software, including Microsoft's Office package, with rival products while the other would look into whether the software giant illegally tied products to its Windows OS, including its Internet Explorer browser.

According to a statement from the Commission, the investigation does not imply that its has has proof of Microsoft's infringement. The probe will focus on allegations that a range of products have been unlawfully tied to sales of the software giant's dominant OS, the statement said.

Microsoft, which has previously clashed with the Commission over antitrust charges, said in a statement that that they will fully cooperate with the regulator's investigation and provide all the information necessary.

In September last year, Microsoft lost an appeal before a Luxembourg-based European Court against a fine of nearly $745 million that the EC ordered in 2004 for abusing its dominant market power.

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