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Microsoft rules out EU sanctions appeal

Microsoft rules out EU sanctions appeal
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Microsoft has decided not to appeal against an EU court order implementing anti-trust sanctions. Last December, the software giant lost a bid to delay sanctions which force it to introduce a stripped-down version of its computer operating system in Europe. That means Windows without Media Player music and video software.

Microsoft says a European edition of Windows without Media Player will be available in Europe in the coming weeks. And in line with a Commission order, it has made specifications available to rival makers of server software. The company, however, is continuing a separate main appeal against the Commission’s landmark ruling last March which imposed a 497 million euro fine and said the company had abused its near monopoly of the Windows operating system.