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New probe into Microsoft on software sharing

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A new probe has been launched against Microsoft by the European Commission to see if it unfairly tied its Web browser to the Windows operating system and made it harder for rival software to work
with Windows.

This follows a complaint by a Norwegian
maker of a Web browser called Opera, which competes with Internet Explorer.

A second was brought by an industry group, the European Committee for Interoperable Systems.

It said Microsoft did not disclose enough interoperability information for a range of
products.

The new investigation follows a landmark European Union court decision last September that Microsoft could not exclude rivals by tying its products to its near-monopoly Windows product and must allow rival software to interoperate smoothly.