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January 23, 2006

Microsoft gets EC delay and new US complaint

Posted by David Hunter at 6:57 PM ET.


Microsoft Corp. said on Monday it had been given extra time by the European Commission to respond to the threat of a $2 million-a-day fine over allegations that it has failed to comply with a landmark EU antitrust ruling.

“We have been granted an extension to Feb. 15,” a spokesman for the company said.

The extension comes as antitrust authorities in the United States questioned whether the company was doing enough to comply with a 2002 antitrust settlement with the U.S. government.

In a filing on Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the department cited Microsoft delays that it said were holding up efforts by an outside panel of technical experts to test and verify the documentation.

Since mid-November Microsoft has not been responding quickly enough when the outside panel has asked it to fix or explain bugs in the documentation, the department said in the filing with U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

I mentioned the EC delay request this morning, and the US action is part of the ongoing compliance monitoring required by the Microsoft antitrust settlement. The next step is a joint status report due Feb. 8.

Filed under Antitrust, General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal

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3 Responses to “Microsoft gets EC delay and new US complaint”

  1. Solveig Haugland Says:

    I’m glad that there are some outside experts at least attempting to take a look, since it seems from the link you site that the judge either just loves Microsoft, or just doesn’t get it. I look forward to February 15th when I hope someone with a clear view of the situation will get that fine going.

    In my fantasy world, by the time all Microsoft’s delays finally run out, the world will have shifted to and Linux so that the whole thing is moot. ;> I’m been teaching more since the release of the new 2.0 version, and I see more “regular people” using Linux. The shift hasn’t happened, but 2006 might well be the year when the shift really starts.

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