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MS under anti-trust investigation again

by Nikola Strahija on October 11th, 2005 European anti-trust regulators have begun investigating Microsoft's plans to market consumer security software.

Symantec has been asked to provide information about Microsoft's plans for OneCare, an all-in-one PC health check service targeted at consumers, in order to help investigators decide whether Microsoft tried to twist anti-trust rules again.

Windows OneCare is a subscription service that will provide automatically updated anti-virus, anti-spyware and two-way firewall protection. Spokeswoman Genevieve Haldeman denied rumours that Symantec made a formal complaint to regulators and explained that it was simply helping them with their inquiries. -We have been asked to provide information to the EU, and we have complied with that request. ‘

Last year, European regulators took exception with the bundling of Windows Media Player with the company’s operating systems, arguing that the practice inhibited competition. As part of the settlement agreed in March 2004, Microsoft agreed to pay a fine of €497m ($613m), to offer a version of Windows without a media player and to open up access to its server APIs. Earlier this month, the European Commission appointed an ombudsman to oversee MS's compliance with EC demands.

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