[JURIST] The European Union began assessing proposals Wednesday from Microsoft Corp. meant to comply with a massive March 2004 antitrust ruling [JURIST report]. The proposal came in just before the midnight deadline [JURIST report] Tuesday and the EU competition commission [official website] is expected to take a few weeks to fully analyze the documents due to the large amount of paperwork submitted. The ruling in March of last year set a $623 million fine for the software giant for abusing its dominant market position by making it difficult for consumers to use music and video software other than those installed by Microsoft. The commission has called for Microsoft to develop a version of Windows without Media Player [Microsoft implementation plan] and has requested that an independent "monitoring trustee" to oversee implementation of the ruling. AFP has more.