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Microsoft won't appeal Euro antitrust ruling

Decision could ease product development


Microsoft has decided not to appeal last month's appeal ruling against it from the Court of First Instance (CFI) and has finally agreed to comply with the European Commission's 2004 antitrust ruling that sparked the company's appeal.

The decision to accept the CFI's ruling will dispel any lingering uncertainty facing software and hardware developers over how to plan future product development.

"We will not appeal the CFI's decision to the European Court of Justice and will continue to work closely with the Commission and the industry to ensure a flourishing and competitive environment for information technology in Europe and around the world," the company said.

Last month the Luxembourg-based CFI threw out Microsoft's appeal, siding with the Commission on the two essential elements in the antitrust case: Microsoft's failure to share necessary interoperability information about its Windows operating system with rivals and its strategy of tying its media player to Windows to the detriment of rival players.

The Commission declined to comment officially on Microsoft's decision not to appeal.


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