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+ - EU court dismisses Microsoft appeal->

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Ajehals
Ajehals writes "Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record 497m euro (£343m; $690m) fine imposed by the European Commission in a long-running competition dispute. The European Court of First Instance has upheld an earlier ruling by the European Commission that Microsoft has abused its dominant market position, Microsoft is now liable to pay 80% of the Commissions legal costs. Microsoft will now be required to ensure its products can operate with other computer systems by sharing information about how its Windows operating system functions, with rival software companies. It will be interesting to see how this ruling affects both the programs bundled with Windows and also Microsoft's more recent Vista release.

This ruling should enable other American, European and Global Software houses to compete more effectively with Microsoft, in turn this should benefit customers with more products that fully interoperate with Microsoft technologies becoming available from third parties and stiffer competition in the IT sector. What benefits this will bring to Open Source projects is unclear, but projects such as WINE and Samba should see a boost if Microsoft is forthcoming with technical information about their implementations. Microsoft now has two months to appeal at the European Court of Justice. "

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