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November 23, 2006

Today’s the big day!

Posted by David Hunter at 10:07 AM ET.

No, I don’t mean that it’s the USA’s Thanksgiving holiday. It’s also the day when Microsoft had to turn in 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.

Microsoft met a deadline set by Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, but it will be months before it is clear whether the submission is sufficient to avoid a fine that could be as high as 3 million euros ($3.9 million) a day.

The official Microsoft statement is here. Next step:

The European Commission, which fined Microsoft euro280.5 million (US$357 million) in July for not providing the “complete and accurate” interface data, said the technical manual can now be reviewed by “potential licensees” — companies who make software for the workgroup server market, such as Sun, Novell and IBM among others.

“In parallel the monitoring trustee will test the documentation in order to verify its accuracy,” it said.

“The commission will decide in due course whether or not Microsoft is in compliance with the obligation to provide complete and accurate technical documentation taking into account comments from the potential licensees and advice from the trustee.”

EU spokesman Jonathan Todd said this would likely take “months rather than weeks.”

It’s just like leftover Thanksgiving turkey in providing enjoyment if not variety for a long time to come.

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

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One Response to “Today’s the big day!”

  1. EU threatens Microsoft with further fines -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] They’re baaack! What has the European Commission’s knickers in the twist this time is Microsoft charging competitors what they consider to be unreasonable prices for the interoperability information that has long been a problem. As a result, the Commission today threatened Microsoft with additional fines and administered a tongue lashing: The European Commission warned Microsoft on Thursday it faced further fines in its long-running antitrust battle with Brussels, this time for seeking unreasonable prices from software makers for vital data. [...]

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