Microsoft hands over document mountain to avoid more EC fines

Microsoft has submitted technical documentation to the European Commission in a bid to fend off further fines for breaching a 2004 antitrust ruling.

Microsoft has submitted technical documentation to the European Commission in a bid to fend off further fines for breaching a 2004 antitrust ruling.

The software giant was fined Euros 280.5m (£200m) by the commission on 12 July after failing to sufficiently document its workgroup server protocols, in line with the antitrust ruling. That penalty came on top of the Euros 497m (£355m) fine imposed on Microsoft in March 2004 for abusing its dominant market position.

A commission spokesperson confirmed that the technical documentation had been received. “The competition services are currently analysing it with the help of the trustee,” she said, adding that it was “too early to say” whether the paperwork was sufficient to comply with the ruling.

Microsoft faces further fines of up to Euros 3m a day if the commission decides that it has not met the terms of the 2004 ruling. The company has said its staff were working “day and night” to produce the required paperwork.

 

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