Just when you thought things were looking up…Microsoft has been fined $1.35 billion by the European Union. The fines are the latest in a string of sanctions brought forth against Microsoft by the EU in what has become one of the longest anti-trust lawsuits in recent memory. The company has been fined before by the EU, with total penalties amounting to around $2.3 billion. This most recent fine appears to be a direct reaction to Microsoft’s unwillingness to comply with the EU Commission’s 2004 recommendations levied in reaction to Microsoft’s anti-competition practices. While Microsoft has recently moved towards embracing a more open-source methodology, it appears that the concession was a bit too little, too late. Yikes.