Microsoft Settles With EU

After a nine year-long legal battle, Microsoft has finally come to an agreement with the European Union regarding the charge that it maintained a monopoly by keeping secret detailed information on interfaces to Windows. The company had recently lost its appeal to the EU Court of First Instance, and had one further appeal possible.

Microsoft has agreed to three substantial changes in its practices, including making available detailed and accurate technical documentation on application interfaces to Windows for a fee of 10,000 Euros. It will also allow that data to go to open source companies so that servers based on Linux can easily interface with Windows versions, and will cut the price it charges for worldwide licenses.

Will this agreement herald any changes in Microsoft's competitive position in the world? Let me know your thoughts at pvarhol@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Peter Varhol on October 23, 2007 at 11:57 AM


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