EU still critical of Microsoft over interoperability

The Ecu Commission has again criticised Microsoft’s reaction to a 2004 antitrust ruling, opening the potential of further fines for the organization.

In March 2004, the Commission fined Microsoft and purchased it to supply its competitors with information letting them develop workgroup server software interoperable Home windows desktop operating-system. After that it fined the organization again last This summer for neglecting to provide that info on time.

The Commission has sent Microsoft another statement of objections, saying it views the interoperability information Microsoft has offered continues to be incomplete, stated Jonathan Todd, Commission spokesman on competition issues. Additionally, Microsoft is charging its competitors an excessive amount of for your information: it doesn’t justify the cost tag placed on it since it is not innovative, he stated.

Microsoft has four days to react to the statement of objections, and may face further daily fines for noncompliance using the antitrust ruling.

Even while Microsoft and also the Commission dispute whether Microsoft is within compliance using the ruling, another court is thinking about whether Microsoft must have to conform whatsoever.

The Ecu Court of First Instance, in Luxembourg, continues to be thinking about Microsoft’s appeal from the Commission’s March 2004 ruling that Microsoft mistreated its monopoly in desktop os’s to take advantage of markets for workgroup server and media player software.

In those days, the Commission purchased Microsoft to pay for an excellent of €497 million, ship a form of Home windows without media player software, and publish the server software interoperability information disputed in the current announcement.

Peter Sayer, in Paris, led to this report.