updated 08:55 am EST, Wed December 22, 2004
Microsoft loses EU appeal
Microsoft on Wednesday in which it sought to overturn sanctions imposed by EU regulators that will force it to change business practices and sell a stripped-down version of Windows. Reuters reports that that the "Court of First Instance upheld the penalties imposed by the executive European Commission in March when it found the U.S. software giant had abused the virtual monopoly of its computer operating system Windows and levied a record fine. His decision means the EU antitrust regulator's remedies take effect immediately. Microsoft said it would comply from next month with the order to sell to computer makers a version of Windows without its trademark Windows Media Player music and video software and share secret specifications with rival makers of servers."