In the latest development of a four-year investigation, European Union antitrust regulators are charging Microsoft
EU officials say Microsoft is "leveraging its overwhelmingly dominant position from the PC into low-end servers." Because the company won't disclose information related to how its servers and PCs communicate with rival servers, "an overwhelming majority" of buyers surveyed by the commission said they artificially alter their choice in favor of Microsoft products. The proposed remedy is to force the software king to reveal the interface information so that rival vendors such as Sun Microsystems
Another issue is Microsoft's practice of bundling Windows Media Player with its dominant operating system software (Windows XP, Windows 2000, etc.). Media Player allows users to listen to music or watch video, and competes with products offered by Real Networks
The EU commission, which says Microsoft's abuses have continued during its investigation, is giving the company one last chance to respond to the charges before it concludes the probe and levies punishment.