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Russia begins MS anti-trust probe [itweb.co.za]
Russia's state anti-monopoly service has started a probe of Microsoft over cutbacks in supplies of the Windows XP operating system in Russia, it said yesterday.
The agency said it thought Microsoft had violated antimonopoly legislation by cutting delivery of Windows XP to Russia both separately and pre-installed on personal computers, as well as in its pricing policy on the product.
"Analysis of the market for various operating systems shows the transfer to the new Windows Vista operating system is occurring while demand for the previous operating system, Windows XP, continues," the service said.
"Demand for separately packaged and pre-installed versions of Windows XP is also confirmed by retailers and the number of orders from the government."