Global Dispatches

EC Ruling Ends Microsoft Appeal

BRUSSELS Microsoft Corp. last week dropped its outstanding appeals of European antitrust rulings after the European Commission announced that the company is now in compliance with the ECs 2004 ruling.

Microsoft last year had appealed a ¬280.5 million ($402 million U.S.) fine imposed by the EC for failing to provide interoperability protocols to rivals, as required in the commissions 2004 antitrust ruling. The company had also appealed the ECs demand that it make the protocols available to software developers.

Erich Andersen, European general counsel for Microsoft, said that the company will now focus all of our energies on complying with our legal obligations and strengthening our constructive relationship with the European Commission. Paul Meller, IDG News Service

HP to Buy Mideast Systems Integrator

MANAMA, Bahrain Hewlett-Packard Co. last week agreed to acquire systems integrator Atos Origin Middle East, based here, as part of an effort to expand its services operation in the region.

HP did not disclose the terms of the deal for privately held Atos, but it did note that the firm is not related to Paris-based Atos Origin SA, another systems integration company.

Atos Origin Middle East has 450 employees and operates in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Libya and Qatar. It will become part of HPs Middle East and Africa subregion services business, said an HP spokeswoman. Agam Shah, IDG News Service

Briefly Noted

The Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Melbourne, Australia, has signed a $23 million Australian ($21 million U.S.) contract with Commander Communications Ltd. in Sydney to install Vista, Office 2007, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server on computers in 1,600 schools and offices. Darren Pauli, Computerworld Australia

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