As expected, the European Union yesterday backed a proposal to fine Microsoft for 497 million euros ($613.5 million) on their on-going antitrust investigation, Microsoft is expected to appeal.

[COLOR=#1951B9]If the full European Commission backs the fine as expected on Wednesday it would exceed the 462 million euro penalty imposed on Hoffman-La Roche AG in 2001 for being ringleader of a vitamin cartel.[/COLOR]

In the meantime, Microsoft and Lindows legal battle is set to continue this week.