RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
NPR business news starts with a major defeat for Microsoft.
One of Europe's highest courts rejected Microsoft's appeal this morning. It ruled that the world's largest software maker used its Windows operating system to choke off competition. The case stemmed from a complaint that Microsoft abused its dominance in PCs to push out smaller rivals. The court upheld a fine of more than $600 million. It also ordered Microsoft to sell a version of its Windows platform without the Windows Media Player, and to share information with rivals so their servers will work smoothly with the Windows program. Microsoft is likely to appeal this ruling as well.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.