kocsonya writes: The antitrust case in Europe against Microsoft entered the next state. Microsoft lost its appeal at the Court of First Instance. "The Court of First Instance (CFI) essentially upholds the Commission's decision finding that Microsoft abused its dominant position," a court statement said. In addition, the Court ordered Microsoft to pay most of the litigation cost. The Court upheld the pending almost 500 million Euro fine and added a further about 290 million, with the prospect of more fines if Microsoft fails to comply. See the ABC article here.