Global Dispatches

EC Launches New Probes of Microsoft

BRUSSELS The European Commission last week opened two new antitrust investigations into Microsoft Corp.s activities.

The first case, based on a complaint from the Brussels-based European Committee for Interoperable Systems, concerns the interoperability of Windows with other software.

The second investigation, based on a complaint by Opera Software ASA in Oslo, is looking into Microsofts tactic of bundling software with its Windows operating system.

Both new probes build on the findings of the ECs 2004 antitrust ruling against Microsoft, which the vendor unsuccessfully challenged. In a statement, Microsoft said it is in full compliance with European law and our obligations under the antitrust ruling.

-- Paul Meller, IDG News Service

Nokia Cuts 2,300 German Jobs

ESPOO, FINLAND Mobile phone maker Nokia Corp., based here, has announced plans to lay off 2,300 employees at a plant in Bochum, Germany, and move production to lower-cost European sites.

The company said the Bochum plant will close by mid-2008.

Production of mobile devices in Germany is no longer feasible for Nokia, Veli Sund­bäck, executive vice president of Nokia, said in a statement. It cannot be operated in a way that meets the requirements for global cost efficiency and for flexible capacity growth.

Nokia said it will negotiate with employee representatives to reach a satisfactory solution for everyone involved.

-- Grant Gross, IDG News Service

Briefly Noted

Microsoft last week said that it has provided computer training to 200,000 teachers in India, beating its goal of training 80,000 Indian teachers during the five-year period ending in December 2008. The company launched the program, called Project Shiksha, in 2003.

-- John Ribeiro, IDG News Service

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