Microsoft's Bid For ISO Approval Prompts EU Probe

Law360 (February 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- European competition authorities reportedly are investigating whether Microsoft Corp. broke antitrust laws last year while getting its Office file format approved as an international standard.

Microsoft campaigned last year to get its new Office file format, a way of saving text and spreadsheet documents, recognized as an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization. The organization rejected its bid in September, but will review it again later this year.

Critics accused Microsoft of illegally stacking the deck by getting its sellers and resellers to join...
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