Antitrust officials at the European Commission have drafted a final ruling in their six-year case against Microsoft, people close to the commission said Monday.

The draft ruling, which was not made public, was circulated within the commission last week, according to a person who insisted on not being identified. The ruling may follow the line the commission took last August when it accused Microsoft of abusing its dominant position in the software market by obstructing rivals' programs from working with the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows operating system.

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