Microsoft threatened with 2m per day fines within weeks

by admin December 22, 2005 at 11:35 am

Comply or get your chequebook, says EC

The European Commission has knocked Microsoft for failing to comply with penalties set out in its antitrust ruling against the software company – and may impose a daily fine of ?2m if Microsoft does not change its ways.

Microsoft has not supplied “complete and accurate specifications” which would allow competitors’ workgroup servers to interoperate with Windows PCs and servers, according to the EC.

Competition commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement: “I have given Microsoft every opportunity to comply with its obligations. However, I have been left with no alternative other than to proceed via the formal route to ensure Microsoft’s compliance.”

The software company has five weeks to respond – after which the EC could impose the 2m fine on a daily basis until it complies.

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