Microsoft meets EU antitrust deadline

By Derek Sooman on
Microsoft has today met the June 1st deadline for responding to a ruling from the EU in an antitrust case against the company. As a result of Microsoft being found guilty in 2004 of abusing its market dominance, the company was fined 497m euros ($655m; 340m) and ordered to make some source code from its products available. It was also ordered to provide a version of Windows without its own Windows Media Player, in the hopes that this would allow rival software makers a better chance to compete.

While a name for the stripped version of Windows XP hasn't been announced yet, the most popular candidate is probably Reduced Media Edition.

"We have submitted proposals and we are awaiting a response from the EU Commission." - Microsoft spokesman.

The Commission has the power to fine Microsoft up to 5% of its daily global turnover for each day that the antitrust ruling is not applied to its satisfaction.

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