Microsoft Faces New Suit on Competition

Small Norwegian company says industry giant stifles rivals
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2007 4:43 PM CST
Microsoft's Brad Smith walks by an European flags after the EU high court in Luxembourg, ruling that dismissed Microsoft Corp.'s appeal of its landmark antitrust conviction in September. The court upheld...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An independent Norwegian software company is taking on Microsoft in an antitrust complaint filed today with the European Commission. Opera charges the industry behemoth with monopolizing the market by packaging Windows with the Internet Explorer browser, Reuters reports. The moves comes three months after Microsoft had to pay a huge fine in a similar case in Europe.

Opera has the support of the European Committee for Interoperable Systems, an industry coalition and anti-Microsoft agitator. Microsoft claims it will cooperate with the inquiries but denies the charges that it stifles competition. "Consumers and PC manufacturers are free to choose any browsers they wish," a spokesman said.