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.