Future of innovation at stake in Microsoft case
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| The court has to decide whether to overturn the European Commission's
| finding that Microsoft abused the near-monopoly of its Windows operating
| system to muscle out rivals. That prompted a record fine and an order
| to change its business practices.
| Microsoft will argue it acted within the law to compete with other makers
| of audiovisual software, used to watch films and listen to music, and
| office server software, used to print, access files and sign on. But it
| says the stakes are bigger.
| Opponents say Microsoft sees innovation as a one-way street.
| "What Microsoft is talking about is freedom for them to innovate,
| not others," said lawyer Thomas Vinje, representing a group of
| competitors that will speak at the hearing.