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Microsoft offers concessions to avoid EC punishment

Microsoft has made its first concessions to European anti--monopoly authorities in a bid to avoid action by competition...

Microsoft has made its first concessions to European anti--monopoly authorities in a bid to avoid action by competition commissioner Mario Monti.

Microsoft has said it would be prepared to release technical details of some Windows 2000 features in a bid to escape accusations that it had used its market dominance to stifle competition.

The European Commission, which has to power to fine the company up to 10% of its annual turnover, has been looking at whether Microsoft used its power to introduce features that locked users into the Windows platform and prevented rivals from using these features.

Microsoft has said it would be prepared to open up its interfaces to Kerberos,, the security system built into Windows 2000,, and its Internet File System. This would allow rival software to offer products that used these features.

Last week Sun filed a private antitrust lawsuit in the US against Microsoft over alleged anti-competitive behaviour.

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