appealed the European Commission's landmark antitrust ruling Tuesday, saying its prescriptions for heading off a potential movie-software monopoly undermine innovation.
Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, announced Tuesday morning that it filed a 100-page confidential appeal with the European Court of First Instance. The appeal requests that the court annul the European Commission antitrust decision issued earlier this year and annul, or substantially reduce, its largest-ever $612 million fine.
In March, the European Commission
ruled Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft must release a version of its Windows operating system without its media player and release programming code that allows Windows computers to run better with other companies' servers. Those orders came after the commission found that Microsoft abused its monopoly in both its media player and server businesses.
Microsoft also plans to request a stay on those remedies in a separate filing later this month, the company said.
In a statement, Microsoft laywer Horacio Gutierrez said the commission's decision undermines innovation and imposes new obligations on companies to license proprietary technology to competitors.
Shares of Microsoft recently inched up 4 cents, or 0.2%, to $26.47.