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Europe May Tell Microsoft to Split Software

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European antitrust regulators are considering a requirement that Microsoft sell two versions of Windows in Europe — one with the music- and video-playing software stripped out — should they find the company to be an abusive monopoly, reports NYT.

Bloomberg: At stake is Microsoft’s business model, CEO Steve Ballmer has said. Capitulating to EU demands to separate the media player from Windows may force the software maker to create a Chinese wall between the operating system developers and those creating e-mail products, Web browsers and other programs, lawyers have said. The company also faces millions of euros in fines and the legal cost of court battles that would likely take years