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January 31, 2006

EU still waiting for Microsoft licensing proposal

Posted by David Hunter at 2:49 PM ET.


Europe’s competition chief said on Tuesday she is waiting for Microsoft Corp. to flesh out a statement that it will open up secret source code to avoid an antitrust fine of 2 million euros ($2.4 million) daily.

The U.S. software giant’s top lawyer, asked when the company would provide details, noted only that the deadline for a reply was Feb. 15.

“Last week Microsoft announced its intention, via press release, to make certain source code available for review by competitors. We have not yet received full details from Microsoft,” European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes told a committee hearing of the European Parliament in Brussels.

The rumored meeting yesterday must have been just that or at least very strange.

Update: I guess we have to mark it up as very strange. Reuters:

The European Commission team assigned to the Microsoft case met with company representatives on Monday and Tuesday at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

Discussions included the question of opening source code–the blueprint for software–to licensees, Smith said.

But the full details haven’t been revealed? Admittedly, Ms. Kroes statement came after the Monday meeting and before the Tuesday meeting due to timezone differences.

Filed under Antitrust, General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal

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