EC pressures Microsoft to share code for free

Microsoft could be forced to hand over workgroup server protocol technology to rivals for free, under new proposals being considered by the European Commission.

Microsoft could be forced to hand over workgroup server protocol technology to rivals for free, under new proposals being considered by the European Commission.

The proposal is designed to allow Microsoft to comply with the commission’s 2004 antitrust judgement against the firm.

Previous charges proposed by Microsoft have been rejected, and the Financial Times reported that the independent analyst looking at the case on behalf of Microsoft and the EC has recommended free access to the server protocols.

The access to the technology is designed to allow Microsoft’s rivals to build alternative server products that work more easily in the Windows environment.

The commission has not confirmed the proposal.

Microsoft says it has until 23 April to respond to any new proposals.

If Microsoft does not soon comply with the 2004 judgement, the commission is threatening to fine it millions of pounds.

European Commission makes new Microsoft fine threat

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