EU court upholds billion-dollar Microsoft fine

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 7:36 EDT
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The Microsoft logo is seen at the XBOX 360 booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Microsoft has set the tech world buzzing with a mysterious announcement Monday which sparked speculation that the software giant may be developing a product to challenge the Apple iPad. (AFP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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A European court upheld a billion-dollar EU fine against Microsoft on Wednesday but reduced the penalty by tens of millions of euros.

The General Court, the European Union’s second highest, dismissed Microsoft’s bid to annul the penalty but cut the US software giant’s fine by 39 million euros to 860 million euros ($1.07 billion).

The fine was imposed by the European Commission in 2008 after Microsoft failed to comply with an order to share product information with rivals so that their software can work with the ubiquitous Windows operating system.

The court, in a statement, said it “essentially upholds the Commission’s decision imposing a periodic penalty payment on Microsoft for failing to allow its competitors access to interoperability information on reasonable terms.”

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