EC Reviews new Complaints Against Microsoft

As Microsoft's appeal against existing antitrust sanctions continue, the European competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, has revealed that the European Commission is reviewing fresh antitrust complaints made against the company.

In an interview with the New York Times, Ms Kroes said the competition commission had received a number of informal complaints against Microsoft's bundling of applications since she took office in November 2004.

European Commission spokesperson, Jonathan Todd, confirmed that the competition commission is considering the complaints but said that no decision has been taken on a course of action, adding that the commission does not have to wait for formal complaints to take action against a company it suspects of anti-competitive behavior. Neither Ms Kroes nor Mr Todd revealed any details of the new complaints.

Microsoft is in the process of appealing a record E497.2m ($613m) fine and other remedies imposed by Mario Monti, Ms Kroes' predecessor as EC competition commissioner. In June, Microsoft launched a version of its Windows XP operating system without Windows Media Player, but conforming to other sanctions has not been as smooth.

News source: Computer Business Review Online

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