A European Union court has upheld sanctions imposed on U.S. software giant Microsoft by a European anti-trust commission.

The Luxembourg-based European Court of First Instance announced the decision  Wednesday. Microsoft said after the ruling it still hopes to reach a settlement with the anti-trust authorities.

In March, the EU competition commission ruled Microsoft had abused its position in the market by only offering a version of Windows with Media Player.

The commission said this shut out competitors who produced servers and media player programs. It ordered the company to market a version of Windows without Media Player software and to share more information with competitors.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.