Nine years and a tidy $2.5 billion in fines since its first statement of objections, the European Commission is reportedly supposed to discharge Microsoft next week from its second antitrust case against the company after accepting a reworked ballot screen compromise to its Opera-instigated bundled browser charges.
It means Microsoft will escape without being forced to pay another massive fine.
The EU has been entertaining one complaint or another from Microsoft's rivals since 1993 when Novell objected to Microsoft's cute per-processor licensing scheme of demanding royalties from OEMs on all PCs shipped whether or not Windows was on them.
However, it was Sun's complaint in 1998 about the scarcity of Windows interoperability information that eventually led to an expanded probe and the first SO, one of the reasons why Microsoft is objecting to Oracle acquiring a much reduced Sun along with its SQL Server-targeted MySQL database.
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