No sign of European anti-trust fine for Microsoft

The European Commission is still dragging its heals on deciding whether to fine Microsoft £1.4m a day, for allegedly failing to comply with its 2004 anti-trust judgement against the company.

The European Commission is still dragging its heals on deciding whether to fine Microsoft £1.4m a day, for allegedly failing to comply with its 2004 anti-trust judgement against the company.

European commissioners take a summer break on 19 July and there is still no sign that the company is to be fined.

At a final oral hearing at the Commission’s headquarters in Brussels in April, Microsoft tried to convince the Commission that it had complied with the anti-trust judgement, but it received a rough ride from the Commission.

Since then, no decision has been made on the fine, although the Commission promised a decision would be made before the summer break.

Whether it does so is in doubt with Microsoft appealing the whole judgement in a case which has just started.

The Commission had insisted that Microsoft had not complied with the 2004 anti-trust judgement, as the company had not made the protocols of its workgroup server technology widely available to competing companies.

Rivals want to make their products more compatible in Windows environments.


 

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