Microsoft Won't Appeal EU Ruling

The company will immediately ship Windows without its Media Player.
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Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report won't appeal a European Union ruling handed down last month that called for the software titan to immediately ship a version of its Windows operating system without its music and video player, as well as publishing certain software blueprints.

The company had initially sought a delay of the EU's remedies while it appealed the regulatory instructions.

However, Microsoft insisted that not appealing the December interim decision didn't change its overall strategy of appealing last year's antitrust order, which levied a fine of about $651 million and imposed the other measures, according to the

Associated Press

.

The company said the first EU-only versions without its Media Player will hit EU retailers in the coming weeks and would cost the same as the full version of Windows.

The company also said it had already launched a Web site to provide competing server software makers with information on how they can license source code to allow their products to better communicate with Windows-powered desktops, the

AP

reported.