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E.U. snubs Microsoft on office systems
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Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 11:20

From C/Net:

Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes of the European Union delivered an unusually blunt snub to Microsoft on Tuesday by recommending that businesses and governments use software based on open standards.

Kroes has fought bitterly with Microsoft over the past four years, accusing the U.S. software giant of defying her orders and fining the company nearly $2.68 billion for violating European competition rules. But the speech was her strongest recommendation yet to jettison Microsoft products, which are based on proprietary standards, and to use rival operating systems to run computers.

"I know a smart business decision when I see one--choosing open standards is a very smart business decision indeed, Kroes told a conference in Brussels. "No citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to choose a closed technology over an open one."

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