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The European Union (EU) has not been a fan of Microsoft's business policies. After alleging that the software giant engaged in price fixing and other anticompetitive processes, the European Commission (EC), the EU's business regulatory body, handed down two massive fines; the first for $690M USD and the second for a record $1.4B USD. Meanwhile, the EC launched two new investigations seeking more possible damages.

Now Microsoft has announced that it plans to fight the latest $1.4B USD ruling. Microsoft appealed to the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg on Friday, in hopes that it can get the fine reduced or dropped. Microsoft's past battles with EC have been less than successful; it appealed the previous $690M USD fine, only to be denied.

Microsoft spokesman Jesse Verstraete announced the move in an email Friday. He says that Microsoft's goal is to seek clarity from the courts.

While Microsoft faces a steep uphill battle in getting the ruling appealed, it might not be hopeless. Philip Marsden, a competition lawyer and senior research fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, an non-involved party, states, "There's a fairly good record of the court lowering fines the commission has made upon appeal. It's the company's legal right to appeal such fines, particularly with respect to orders regarding compliance with such a controversial and vague set of requirements."

The trouble for Microsoft started in 2004 when EC delivered an antitrust order to Microsoft. The order demanded Microsoft provide its competitors' servers the ability to connect to the Windows platform. In order to facilitate this, it ordered Microsoft to charge reasonable royalties for network connectivity information.

After thorough investigation, the EC found that Microsoft had failed to comply with the ruling last year, bringing the first in a series of fines for the company. The company was the first in 50 years of EU competition policy to be found in violation of an antitrust ruling. To date the result has been 1.68B € in fines total ($2.6B USD).

A spokesman for the EC, Jonathan Todd defend the decisions, saying that the courts clear upheld that Microsoft had refused to comply with the ruling for 3 years. Says Todd, "The commission is confident that the decision to impose the fine is legally sound."

Microsoft has expressed in the past a desire to resolve its legal problems with the EU. It has said it will comply with the antitrust ruling by further dropping its licensing fees. Further, it is trying to show support for open document standards, to help defend itself against one of the two current investigation by the EC, which is delving into whether Microsoft engaged in anticompetitive behavior in the word processing market.
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In before communist comments punctuated by idiotic statements about the EU needing M$.
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Originally Posted by Ihatethedukes View Post
In before communist comments punctuated by idiotic statements about the EU needing M$.
Hey man, Europe is nothing without Microsoft, seriously MS made the EU what it is today. Why cant the EU realize what Microsoft is doing is best for the motherland (or should I say mothership). Windows can do anything so therefore everyone needs it; from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs right?

Does that adequately satisfy both conditions?
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Hey man, Europe is nothing without Microsoft, seriously MS made the EU what it is today. Why cant the EU realize what Microsoft is doing is best for the motherland (or should I say mothership). Windows can do anything so therefore everyone needs it; from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs right?

Does that adequately satisfy both conditions?
Needs to be more rabid and idiotic.
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Needs to be more rabid and idiotic.
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*Slobber**Snarl*Hey ****tard, the ***town (*globber*) is teh fail without M$ srsly *flabbelgob.* w/o M$ EU is notin *skreech.* ****ing M$ is better than flying raptor jesus cause its best for the motherland mothership *kekekeke*. SRSly windows do everyting u fail without it. and if every1 ****en pirates it we all share in its wwhelth *morgllbbblesog* Commies rule!1111


Fixed.
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This thread is made of win and awesome.

I say buggerall to the EC, you payed for a M$ product, buyer beware.
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A convoluted way for Europe to 1up the United States by attacking one its largest corporations.
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This just in, the EU headquarters has moved to a new office building called "The Kremlin". "The only thing that will change is our polic.. I mean location, we will be back as soon as possible helping our comrades.. I mean... people." said one nameless member.

Honestly, what is the point EU? They are too technologically backward in their thinking, and their first reaction to any sound of a company doing better than another one is to try and fine the heck out of the larger company.

Didn't they try this with Windows and IE / WMP built in?
    
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Fixed.
That was much better!
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I realy dont see the problem m$ make the os... they should be alowed to bundle software as a package for the everyday user, aslongs as there is a way to remove it if the user choses so, would be better though if some things could be completely removed and not just disabled...
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