EU probe rules vs. Microsoft

Regulators could impose fine of 10% of worldwide sales

BRUSSELS — Microsoft could face multibillion-dollar fines and other sanctions for breaking European competition law.

European Union antitrust chief Mario Monti will rule that the technology giant broke competition law by abusing its market dominance at the expense of competitors. The ruling caps a long-running probe into the company.

Regulators could impose a fine as high as 10% of worldwide sales, which would amount to $3 billion in Microsoft’s case.

The decision still has to get the OK from other EU departments and member states, but dissension is rare.

Brussels hopes to reach a conclusion before May 1, when 10 new countries are due to join the 15-member bloc.

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