The EC's New Microsoft Rules

Forget the impact on Redmond; the EC antitrust ruling will be felt most by Intel, Google, and other U.S. companies hoping to expand abroad

Sept. 17 was an unusual day in Luxembourg. The European Court of First Instance was convening in its Grand Chamber for only the third time in its 18-year existence, underscoring the importance of the long-awaited ruling due that day. After a more than three-year review, the Court would release its decision (, 9/17/07) on an earlier European Commission ruling on Microsoft (MSFT). In a landmark decision in 2004, the EC had ordered Microsoft to offer a version of its Windows operating system without a built-in media player and to license key interoperability information to competitors.

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