Microsoft has been given until 15 February by the European Commission to comply with one part of the EC’s March 2004 anti-trust ruling against the software giant.
The new cut-off date was granted after Microsoft sought extra time to comply with the Commission’s order that it makes the protocols to its workgroup server technology available to its competitors, to allow them to easily build platforms that interoperate with Windows.
The server protocols order was seen as a boon for open-source developers in particular, since operating systems like Linux are increasingly finding their way into mixed computer shops where Windows is still dominant.
The EC has threatened Microsoft with a fine of £1.42m for every day it doesn’t comply with the request.
Microsoft previously released some documentation covering the protocols, but an independent adjudicator ruled that the information was not good enough for developers to use.
Microsoft has already complied with other parts of the anti-trust ruling, including paying a large fine.
It is still appealing the overall judgement through the courts.