Changes Microsoft will make to its business practices to comply with the 2004 European Commission antitrust ruling will "profoundly affect the software industry," European competition commissioner Neelie Kroes said Monday.
For three and a half years Microsoft dragged its feet and used every legal avenue available to delay complying with the 2004 antitrust ruling. But after its appeal of the ruling to Europe's second highest court failed last month, the company decided to cooperate.
"At the time the Court of First Instance issued its judgment in September, Microsoft committed to taking any further steps necessary to achieve full compliance with the Commission's decision. We have undertaken a constructive discussion with the Commission and have now agreed on those additional steps," Microsoft said in a statement Monday.
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