Microsoft, EU Await Landmark Antitrust Decree

Verdict could change firm's business model, or embarrass EU
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2007 4:13 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Microsoft execs will be waiting to hear if they won an antitrust appeal against the EU tomorrow, the BBC reports. A 2004 probe declared the tech giant guilty of abusing its industry status and fined it $690 million. If Microsoft pulls off a victory, analysts say, the EU commission will have to pay back fines and endure a nasty blow to its reputation.

The verdict may also decide how industry leaders behave toward rivals: If the EU prevails, critics say it will take more action against Microsoft and other market-dominating dynamos. Microsoft says that EU demands to allow competitors' software to run on its OS would stifle innovation. "I think we are working quite well with most firms," a Microsoft exec says.