EU court sets Microsoft ruling date


BRUSSELS -- The European Union's Court of First Instance has set Sept. 17 as the date it will rule on Microsoft's appeal of the 2004 decision that fined it close to €497 million ($690 million) and ordered the company to change its business practices.

The European Commission's landmark decision found that Microsoft had broken competition rules by abusing the dominance of its Windows product and muscling out rivals unable to make software that would work smoothly on the operating system.

Based in Luxembourg, the Court of First Instance is the EU's second-highest ranking court.
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