Microsoft to appeal second EC fine

Like it said it would...

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Microsoft confirmed today that it will appeal the second part of the fine imposed on it by the European Competition Commission.

In July the commission fined Microsoft €280.5m for not complying with its anti-trust decision. The company had until 2 October to file an appeal.

This is on top of the €498m fine which Microsoft is also appealing to the Court of First Instance. A decision on that is expected later this year.

A Microsoft spokesman told us: "Microsoft announced at the time of the decision that it would appeal the fine imposed in July. The deadline for filing the appeal was 2 October and we met that deadline. Microsoft remains committed to full compliance with the commission's decision."

A spokeswoman for the commission told us: "The commission is confident that its July 2006 decision is well-founded from a legal standpoint. It is up to the Court of First Instance to decide whether the Microsoft appeal is admissable or not."

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