“Hopes of a last-minute settlement to Microsoft’s antitrust case in Europe dimmed yesterday, after a morning meeting between competition commissioner Mario Monti and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, broke up early with no apparent meeting of minds, said people close to the talks,” Paul Meller reports for Macworld UK.
“Monti is demanding even tougher remedies from Microsoft in return for a settlement that averts a precedent-setting negative ruling in a week, the people said,” Meller reports. “Monti’s meeting with Ballmer was brief, one person said. It followed a four-hour meeting with Microsoft’s chief lawyer, Brad Smith, on Tuesday afternoon. The person added that another face-to-face meeting between Monti and Ballmer is ‘unlikely.'”
Meller reports, “If no settlement is reached between now and next Wednesday, the European Commission is scheduled to adopt a negative ruling forcing Microsoft to offer two versions of its Windows operating system in Europe: one with Microsoft’s music and video software, Media Player, stripped out of the operating system and sold separately.”
“The ruling will also order Microsoft to license more secret code in Windows to allow rivals to build software that works smoothly with Windows, and it will fine Microsoft between