Microsoft Suffers EU Blow

Microsoft Corp. suffered a blow in its long-running battle with European Union regulators Wednesday, as Europe’s second-highest court decided to only slightly reduce a 2008 European Commission fine.

In a ruling, judges reduced the fine to €860 million ($1.07 billion) from €899 million, but said they rejected all the arguments proposed by Microsoft. The software giant had argued that the Commission wasn’t justified in imposing the penalty for failing to meet orders four year earlier to open up the software market to rivals.

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