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Russian Microsoft antitrust investigation dropped

State body satisfied that laws were not broken
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Russian anti-monopoly body FAS has closed an investigation into Microsoft after finding that cutbacks in the supply of Windows XP did not violate antitrust laws.

The probe into Microsoft started in June, according to Reuters, after the FAS announced that it thought the company had violated legislation by cutting distribution of Windows XP in Russia, and in its pricing policy on the operating system.

"Microsoft is committed to full compliance with the laws in Russia. We are glad that FAS did not find any violation," the company reportedly said in a statement.

President of Microsoft Russia Nikolai Pryanishnikov told Reuters that the company had provided evidence that the operating system was in fact available to customers. He added that Microsoft sold 1.2 million Russian copies in the 2008 financial year.

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