“The European Commission said on Wednesday it intended to fine Microsoft for what it called continuing abuses of its dominant market position and force it to change the way it distributes its Media Player software,” Reuters reports. “In its strongest statement yet in its four-year antitrust probe against the world’s largest software company, the EU also said it could order Microsoft to open up the code for its computer server software to outside companies.”
“[The EU] accused Microsoft of leveraging its dominant position in media players, the software that plays movies and video on computers, and in low-end servers, which manage everything from Web sites to e-mail systems,” Reuters reports. “The EU executive said it was giving Microsoft a final chance to comment before it orders it to share crucial server software codes with competitors such as Sun Microsystems and Oracle and forces changes to the way it offers its media player, to the likely benefit of Real Networks and Apple.”
Reuters reports, “The commission said Microsoft would have two alternatives to facilitate fairer competition in media players, which run music and video on computers. It could either untie Windows Media Player from its widely used Windows operating system by being required to offer a version of Windows without Media Player, or it could agree to include competing media players with Windows.”
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