MS pushes to settle EU antitrust case

Microsoft will soon make a final presentation to seek a settlement with the European Commission of its probe into the U.S. software giant, a person close to the situation said Wednesday. The source said the European Union's executive had not yet reached a conclusion on allegations of abuse of a dominant market position which it has been investigating against Microsoft.

The Commission was expected to take into account Microsoft's presentation and recent conditions imposed on the company by a U.S. court in its decision, the source said. Neither the Commission nor Microsoft would comment.

EU regulators have alleged that Microsoft bundles its Media Player with its ever-present Windows operating system, unfairly damaging rivals such as RealNetworks and Apple Computer's QuickTime.

Brussels also says Microsoft designed Windows to work better with its own server software than with that of rivals, taking away business from competitors who use Linux or other versions of the Unix operating system. The Wall Street Journal reported in Wednesday's editions that the Redmond, Wash., company was ready again to try to reach a settlement.

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