Microsoft won't appeal European antitrust ruling

Microsoft has decided not to appeal last months appeal ruling against it from the Court of First Instance (CFI) and has finally agreed to comply with the European Commissions 2004 antitrust ruling that sparked the companys appeal. The decision to accept the CFIs ruling will dispel any lingering uncertainty facing software and hardware developers over how to plan future product development.

"We will not appeal the CFIs decision to the European Court of Justice and will continue to work closely with the Commission and the industry to ensure a flourishing and competitive environment for information technology in Europe and around the world," the company said in a statement Monday. Last month the Luxembourg-based CFI threw out Microsofts appeal, siding with the Commission on the two essential elements in the antitrust case: Microsofts failure to share necessary interoperability information about its Windows operating system with rivals and its strategy of tying its media player to Windows to the detriment of rival players.

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News source: InfoWorld

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