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November 15, 2006

Speak of the devil!

Posted by David Hunter at 12:20 PM ET.

Just yesterday I took Neelie Kroes’ name in vain in connection with Microsoft interoperability and who pops up overnight but her nibs herself:

Brussels gave Microsoft a nine-day deadline yesterday to provide its rivals with outstanding details of its software systems or face fresh fines.

Neelie Kroes, the European Union’s competition commissioner, gave the world’s largest software group until next Thursday – Thanksgiving Day in America – to hand over all relevant information about the secret protocols behind its Windows operating system. Ms Kroes fined Microsoft €280.5m (£190m) in July for failing to comply with commission rulings and could now fine it up to €3m a day.

In an interview with the Guardian, she made plain that her patience had run out, saying: “I don’t have eternal life.” Microsoft, which is launching its upgraded Vista operating system this month, had promised to deliver all the details – to allow its systems to operate fully with rival networks – by July 19.

Ms Kroes said: “I am not impressed if someone says 90% of the information is already there when we need 100%. It’s a jigsaw and some parts are missing … In my opinion, this information should have been here a couple of months ago.”

There are further details and the Microsoft response in this AP story by Aiofe White, but it’s more of the same old song: the European Commission says they aren’t getting the required information and Microsoft says they are working hard to provide it.

Filed under Antitrust, General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal, Microsoft

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2 Responses to “Speak of the devil!”

  1. Vista, IE7 survive US antitrust scrutiny -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The prosecutors were also pleased with Microsoft’s progress on documenting client-server protocols which is a longstanding bone of contention in the US (not to mention the European Union). Filed under OS – Client, Windows Vista, Legal, Internet Explorer, IE7, Governmental Relations, General Business, Antitrust, Microsoft [...]

  2. Today’s the big day! -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] No, I don’t mean that it’s the USA’s Thanksgiving holiday. It’s also the day when Microsoft had to turn a complete set of interoperability documentation to the European Commission or face the wrath of Neelie Kroes. Apparently Microsoft met the deadline, but it still remains to be seen if the output will be acceptable: Microsoft Corp. filed revised documents with the European Commission on Thursday aimed at complying with a landmark antitrust decision from 2004, the European Commission said. [...]

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