Microsoft complies with EU antitrust ruling, offers source code to competitors

Microsoft complies with EU antitrust ruling, offers source code to competitors

[JURIST] Microsoft [official site] announced Monday that it will comply with EU demands and make software blueprints available to competitors and offer lower licensing fees. Last month, the EU had threatened Microsoft with new fines if it did not make it easier and cheaper for competitors to access its source code. In a March 2004 antitrust decision [opinion text, PDF], the EU ordered Microsoft to share its source code with competitors who make server software so that their products can work better with Windows computers. Additionally, the EU ordered Microsoft to sell a version of Windows without the Windows Media Player, which Microsoft has complied with [Microsoft statement] even as it plans to appeal the decision. AP has more.