The EU has decided to lift sanctions made against the Microsoft Corporation, and have started moves to reverse a number of changes made by the EU against the way MS operates. One of the proposed changes was to release a version of Windows without a media player.

The EC, in its March ruling, also hit Microsoft with a record fine of 497m euros (£332m) and gave it 120 days to reveal details of its Windows software codes, so rivals could design compatible products more easily.

But on Friday, the company appealed to the Court of the First Instance in Luxembourg, asking it to suspend the orders for as long as its case remains before the European Courts.

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