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Microsoft Pledges Fail to Move the EU

The software giant's new claims of interoperability haven't impressed the European lawmakers who ultimately will also weigh in on a possible Yahoo takeover

European regulators issued a swift verdict on Microsoft's latest attempt to show it plays well with others: We've heard it all before.

Microsoft (MSFT) on Feb. 21 announced on a series of steps to help competitors' products interact with its own, part of a larger effort to assuage concerns that the world's largest software maker is engaged in anticompetitive behavior. The moves come amid a European Union investigation into the company's business practices and may also be aimed at getting in good stead with the European lawmakers who will scrutinize Microsoft's proposed takeover of Internet company Yahoo! (YHOO).