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EU Backs Antitrust Ruling Vs. Microsoft

Microsoft's lawyers are still trying to avoid a decree demanding massive organizational change and fines.
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Union's antitrust chief won critical backing Monday for a potentially landmark ruling against Microsoft Corp. that sources say finds the U.S. software giant abused its Windows monopoly.

It also demands changes in the way the company operates, the sources said.

A closed-door session with representatives of the 15 EU governments--which had been expected to run all day due to the case's complexity--ended shortly after noon instead, European Commission spokeswoman Amelia Torres said. READ MORE

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