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The European investigation into Microsoft continues

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The European Community plans to end its investigation of Microsoft and draw conclusions on the alleged abuse of dominant position by the Redmond giant by the end of the year. The announcement came from Phillip Lowe, the next director general for competition, who spoke in the context of a meeting organized by the American Antitrust Institute.

Lowe also specified that the delay on schedule (according to some sources Europe should have deliberated before the end of the year)) due to the need to wait until there is clarity on Microsoft's position in the USA. This means that first we will verify what the provisions issued by Judge Kollar Kotelly will be, then we will proceed accordingly also in Europe.

Lowe also specified that, in any case, the EU will also deal with problems not examined by the American court, such as that of interoperability with other operating systems. Recall that one of the cornerstones of the European investigation is the suspicion that Microsoft has worked to prevent competition in the field of servers from being fully compatible with its client operating systems.

Microsoft is also under scrutiny in Europe for the practices used to assert Windows Media Player on the market. If found guilty, Microsoft could be fined 10% of its turnover, which would mean several hundred million euros.

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