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Novell's Role in Microsoft's New Battle with the EU

Server interoperability returns to the headlines. The EU is at the offence again. After Samba's demonstration against the Novell/Microsoft deal, Shane alluded to the impact of the deal on the EU ruling. And the story is not over. In fact, Microsoft's deal with Novell equips the convicted monopoly abuser with more ammunition, perhaps proof that it collaborates. Then comes the intellectual property pitch. Whilst software patents are invalid and even illegal in Europe, Sun, Novell and Microsoft are all located in the States.

In any event, here is the latest:

Europe Threatens New Microsoft Fines

The European Union escalated its trans-Atlantic fight with Microsoft Corp. on Thursday, threatening new multimillion fines against the software maker over claims it is asking rivals to pay too much for information that would help their servers work with Windows.

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Microsoft has reached licensing agreements with several of the companies that originally took issue with the software maker's practices and pricing, including Sun Microsystems Inc. and Novell Inc.

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