Microsoft loses court battle over EC competition penalty


Microsoft yesterday lost its battle to overturn a European Commission ruling that the computing giant should pay a hefty financial penalty because of its unhealthy market dominance.

Judges at the General Court, Europe's second-highest, ordered the company behind the Windows operating system to pay €860m (£687m) in fines.

"We are disappointed," Microsoft admitted, although it welcomed a small concession from the EC, which cut the fine from almost €900m previously.

The EC first made its anti-competition ruling against Microsoft in 2008. While the US giant accepted the judgment, its lawyers have been fighting hard to reduce the fines.

Microsoft did not say if it will mount a fresh appeal with the highest court, the European Court of Justice.

European regulators have been taking a tough line against big tech companies, with Google facing a similar competition inquiry.