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Microsoft Ruling due

Ruling tests Microsoft’s market gripDominic O’Connell
MICROSOFT’s dominance of the computer industry faces a crucial test tomorrow when a European court rules on its appeal against a record fine and curbs on its business practices.

The Seattle-based software giant is trying to overturn a €497m (£343m) fine imposed by the European Commission in 2004. It is also trying to reverse commission decisions on the bundling of its media player with the Windows operating system, and the provision of source codes to rivals to allow their servers to link to Windows.

The verdict will cap a nine-year legal battle between Brussels and Microsoft which has centred on how the US company uses its position in one market ? for Windows software ? to extend its position into related markets.

Legal experts say no matter what the outcome, the decision will have serious ramifications for the company and the commission. “Monday will be a big day. If the decisions are upheld, we could see a flood of similar cases into Brussels. If it goes against the commission, there will be a significant impact on its morale, and it will be more reluctant in the future to take action in this area of competition policy,” said Rony Gerrits at lawyers Morri-son & Foerster.

Michael Grenfell, a partner at City law firm Norton Rose, said: “This is absolutely crucial for Microsoft, and for the European Commission. If the decision goes completely against the commission, it will be a huge knock to their self-confidence in policy-making.

“It may well make them much more careful about the kind of cases they decide to take on ? and certainly more careful in getting their processes right and having more internal checks and balances.”

The European Court of First Instance will give a brief version of its findings on Monday morning. While there have been no indications about the outcome, commentators in Brussels have speculated that the decision will be complex, and that the level of the fine could be reduced.

The commission and Microsoft are expected to give press conferences on Monday, with some commentators expecting both sides may claim victory.

The key ruling will be on the Windows source codes, which competition experts believe will set an important precedent on how innovation should be encouraged.

The commission has ruled that Microsoft should make its source codes available to the manufacturers of servers at a reasonable cost so that they can link their machines to Windows systems.

“The key question here is whether you allow companies full liberty to exploit their innovations, or whether you intervene to protect and encourage competitors,” said Grenfell. “Microsoft argues that by allowing its competitors to free-ride on its innovations, you are giving a disincentive to innovation ? by contrast, the commission argues that it is best to remove all bottlenecks and let competition flourish.

“What the court says on this will be key not just for the computing and IT sectors, but for the development of innovation and technologies across the whole economy.”

Both sides have the possibility of appeal to the full European Court of Justice, but this is though unlikely unless they believe the judgment contains a major error in law.
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That'll be £343m thank you Microsoft , I can feel a bonus coming on , and that'll be £28bn to stop the panic in the UK banks due to people in the US like guage been given loans for the POS they drive .
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