EU says to study Microsoft's open-source step

BRUSSELS Thu May 22, 2008 8:07am EDT

Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates speaks during a news conference in Tokyo May 7, 2008. Microsoft said on Wednesday that starting some time next year it will make it easier for users of an open-source rival to work with Microsoft Office. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates speaks during a news conference in Tokyo May 7, 2008. Microsoft said on Wednesday that starting some time next year it will make it easier for users of an open-source rival to work with Microsoft Office.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU executive said on Thursday it would investigate if steps announced by Microsoft (MSFT.O) to make it easier for users of an open-source rival to work with Microsoft Office give consumers greater choice.

"... the Commission will investigate whether the announced support of ODF (Open Document Format) in Office leads to better interoperability and allows consumers to process and exchange their documents with the software product of their choice," it said in a statement.

(Reporting by Huw Jones and Ingrid Melander)

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