The European Union is set to fine Microsoft up to 2m euros (£1.4m) a day for not complying with the European Commission’s 2004 anti-monopoly judgement, but Microsoft may yet escape.
There is speculation that the EC is about to issue a ruling that Microsoft has failed to comply and should be hit with daily fines.
Microsoft is alleged to have failed to freely provide adequate documentation for its workgroup server protocols, which would make it easier for its rivals to build alternative products that work in the Windows environment.
The Financial Times has reported that the draft non-compliance ruling is set to be discussed by national competition authorities next Monday (3 July), and that the EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes is expected to deliver the ruling on 12 July.
However, the dates have not been confirmed by the EC. Microsoft, for its part, said it had delivered five instalments of a seven-part documentation programme, and that the sixth and seventh instalments would be delivered this Friday (30 June) and 18 July.
As the EC has previously said that Microsoft must deliver acceptable documentation before commissioners leave for their summer break on 19 July, Microsoft may still avoid a daily fine.
Microsoft is appealing against the whole anti-monopoly judgement in an ongoing case which recently started.