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EU Group Set to Recommend Against Microsoft

Microsoft has broken European Union antitrust law and must face sanctions, according to a draft decision expected to win endorsement on Monday from an advisory committee of the 15 EU states.

The European Commission draft requires Microsoft to share proprietary information with rival server makers and to provide computer manufacturers with a second version of Windows stripped of built-in audiovisual software….

RealNetworks will be happy…One version would have Microsoft Windows Media Player tied in as it is now. The other would have it stripped out. The aim is to free computer makers to sell Windows bundled with rival audiovisual software such as Real’s RealPlayer or Apple’s Quicktime….