EU committee supports antitrust fines against Microsoft

A committee of EU regulators has voted unanimously to back fines against Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust ruling, sources close the case have said.

A committee of European Union regulators has voted unanimously to back fines against Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust ruling, sources close the case have said.

In its 2004 ruling, the European Commission ordered Microsoft to provide a version of Windows without Media Player and to release documentation for its workgroup server protocols. The company could face a daily fine of £1.4m for failing to comply in full.

Under European rules, the commission must consult the regulators on both the principle of the antitrust ruling and the amount of the fine.

It is understood that the committee of regulators backed plans to fine the software giant but did not discuss how much the fine would be – a decision deferred to a meeting expected to take place next week.

In a statement, Microsoft said it was “dedicating massive resources to meet the aggressive schedule and high-quality standards” set by the Commission. “Our engineers are working around the clock to meet the seventh and final delivery date for this project scheduled for 18 July.”

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