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Date set for Microsoft antitrust ruling

Sources claim the EU will decide if Microsoft broke antitrust laws on September 17th
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According to sources, the European Union is expected to decide whether the European Commission was correct to find Microsoft in violation of antitrust laws on September 17th, reported Zdnet.

The European Commission slapped a record €497 million fine on Microsoft and ordered it to alter its business methods in March 2004, claiming the software giant failed to give other companies the information required to compete with its business servers and that it unfairly bundled Windows Media Player which caused further difficulties for rivals.

The ruling will determine whether the case is pursued or Microsoft is allowed to continue its business practices.

"In the 50 years of European antitrust policy, it's the first time we've been confronted with a company that has failed to comply with an antitrust decision," said Jonathan Todd, the Commission's competition spokesman.

Microsoft maintains that it has done nothing wrong and that it has the right to add what it wants to its products.

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