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Microsoft, towards mediation with the EU?

Microsoft could soon seek an agreement mediated with the European Union and thus get out of the crosshairs of the antitrust commission which is evaluating some of the market practices of Redmond in the old continent.

To advance the thesis that Windows manufacturers would be interested in closing the dispute that opposes them to the Community countries before the end of the investigation, the Wall Street Journal. According to the authoritative financial newspaper Microsoft, apparently, she hopes to replicate the success (for her strategies) obtained in the USA where the mediation with the Department of Justice took her from far more severe penalties that the district court would have inflicted on her, after the sentence also obtained on appeal.

As known, the EU is investigating two strands: the "fusion" between the operating system and applications for the reproduction of digital files and the compatibility between Windows clients and network systems that are based on competing OS. In both cases, Microsoft was suspected of abusing its dominant position.

If the accusations are confirmed by the facts, the Commission could impose a fine of up to 10% of the turnover and impose remedies that prevent recurrence of the abuse of monopoly. Microsoft, in turn, would almost certainly bring the Union's decision before a court to try to assert its rights.