“A coalition of anti-Microsoft companies applauded the European Commission’s announcement Thursday that it will punish the US software giant for unfairly crushing competitors. After the breakdown of settlement talks between the EU executive and Microsoft, Brussels said it would unveil sanctions against the Seattle-based titan next Wednesday,” EU Business reports.
“The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), which represents companies from small start-ups to global leaders such as Sun Microsystems and Oracle, said it was high time to bring Microsoft to heel,” EU Business reports. “Next Wednesday’s verdict ‘will be a watershed in efforts by competition regulators to rein in the long-standing anti-competitive behaviour of Microsoft,’ CCIA chief executive Ed Black said in a statement.”
“‘It will be a first step to restoring consumer choice and innovation in multiple markets subject to the stranglehold of a monopolist,’ he said,” EU Business reports. “The five-year EU probe represents the last hope for Microsoft’s rivals after the company largely settled its anti-trust problems in the United States. But Microsoft said it would appeal the commission verdict to the European Court of Justice, in what could be a long and costly battle, while still holding out hope for a settlement at a later date.”
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