EU Freezes Microsoft Remedies
Microsoft is off the hook with the European Union Commission - at least temporarily. The Commission has frozen the implantation of its remedies through the length of Microsoft's appeal. Had it gone into effect today, the EU order would have required Microsoft to distribute a version of Windows that did not bundle Windows Media Player.
"We believe that suspension is in order and is necessary as the remedies will not only hurt Microsoft, they will hurt many other software development companies and web site developers who have built products for the Windows platform. Most importantly, they will also harm consumers by limiting choice and degrading the usability of personal computers," Microsoft spokesperson Jim Desler told BetaNews.