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Open Windows, Shut the Door
After five years in the ring with Microsoft, E.U. competition regulators finally landed a punch against the software heavyweight last week. Brussels levied a record €497 million fine against Microsoft for anticompetitive practices, granting rivals access to information on its Windows operating system and ordering the firm to offer a second version stripped of its proprietary Media Player. Microsoft is appealing — a process that could take up to five years — but even if the new rules kick in as early as this summer, the firm will be allowed to sell the...

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