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.