Microsoft’s Fight Nears End With European Antitrust Ruling

Microsoft Corp.’s decade-long struggle against a European Union antitrust probe that led to more than €1.68 billion ($2.1 billion) in fines will enter its final phase tomorrow when an EU court rules on the company’s challenge.The world’s largest software company asked the EU General Court to void an €899 million fine imposed after Microsoft failed to comply with a 2004 antitrust order to provide rivals with data to help them work with the company’s operating-system software. The fine was on top of Microsoft’s earlier penalties of €497 million and €280.5 million and surpassed only by a €1.06 billion levy against Intel Corp.

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