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Microsoft brings in UK consultants for European anti-trust case

Antony Savvas

London-based consultants are set to help Microsoft comply with the European Commission’s anti-trust judgement, as the Commission prepares to fine the company £1.4m a day for non-compliance.

OTR Consultants previously helped the Commission with its anti-trust case against Microsoft, but its contract is now believed to be coming to an end.

OTR has now offered to help Microsoft satisfy the final compliance demands of the Commission, and help it avoid the massive daily fine. Microsoft is said to have accepted OTR’s offer.

The Commission says Microsoft has not produced adequate documentation for its workgroup server protocols, which would allow rivals to more easily build rival platforms that work in the Windows environment.

Microsoft disagrees and is taking its case to a final hearing in Brussels at the end of this month. If agreement cannot be found, Microsoft faces the daily fine first being imposed shortly thereafter.


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