EU Goes After Microsoft (Yes, Again)

New investigation comes just months after court victory over company
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2008 2:21 PM CST
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates speaks at the keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The European Commission today again took aim at Microsoft, launching its first new antitrust investigations since the 1990s. Two probes will expand the principles of the last EU court victory over Microsoft—which a court upheld 4 months ago—to Office, Microsoft’s email tools, and Internet Explorer, reports the Financial Times.

Complaints from Microsoft competitors, including an alliance of companies called ECIS, sparked the investigation. ECIS says Microsoft has failed to disclose information about Office necessary for rivals to make software products that can operate with it. The commission said it will examine whether “a range of products have been unlawfully tied to sales of Microsoft’s dominant operating system.”