A Hard Line on Software

ADRIAN WYLD/AP-CP


COMPETITION: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer flew to Brussels to make a deal

If Mario Monti's resolve to punish Microsoft wavered last week, he showed no sign of it. For more than four arduous years, Europe's antitrust czar and his staff have toiled to build a watertight case against the computer software giant, filing three formal complaints alleging that the company abused its monopolistic position and harmed competitors and consumers. But last Tuesday, just a day after E.U. member states approved tough sanctions against the Redmond powerhouse, Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer flew to Brussels with an eleventh-hour settlement offer that directly addressed many of the European complaints.

Some of Monti's...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!