Threatened with massive fines, Microsoft sent an 11th-hour response to EU demands that the US software giant prove it was not abusing its dominant market position.
As the clock ticked down to a midnight deadline, Microsoft sent a detailed but clearly irritated 75-page response to the European Commission, which polices competition issues in Europe.
Fuelling fears of a future showdown, critics said the software giant’s answer suggested that it has no intention of complying with the commission.
In its reply, which Microsoft said provides clear evidence that it fully complies with the demands, the firm accused the commission of ignoring key information and denying it due process to defend itself.
And in what appeared to be a complaint about the findings of the trustee in the case — an expert endorsed by the company — it also filed “two independent expert reports by software system engineering professors”.
“We conclude that the interoperability information as provided by Microsoft meets current industry standards, particularly in such a complex domain,” said a separate 45-page document.
The Microsoft press release is titled Microsoft Refutes European Commission Case and subtitled:
The company’s response to Commission allegations provides clear evidence that Microsoft is in full compliance with the technical documentation mandate. The response also documents how the Commission has disregarded evidence and denied due process.
There’s more coverage from the AP and BetaNews. The Microsoft strategy must be to overturn the Commission’s ruling on appeal, because they sure aren’t trying to win any friends there. Next step is the hearing on Microsoft’s response in four to six weeks.