EU gives Microsoft 23 November deadline for daily fine

Microsoft has until 23 November to deliver satisfactory code for its workgroup server protocols to rivals, or otherwise face a daily fine of up to £2m from the European Commission.

Microsoft has until 23 November to deliver satisfactory code for its workgroup server protocols to rivals, or otherwise face a daily fine of up to £2m from the European Commission.

The US Thanksgiving Day deadline is reported by The Guardian newspaper, following an interview with the Commission’s competition commissioner Neelie Kroes.

The outstanding requirement to deliver the protocols is part of the European Commission’s 2004 anti-trust judgement against the company, which included a £331m fine.

In July, the Commission levied a further £193m fine against the firm for failing to deliver the protocols in an acceptable format to rivals.

The threatened daily fine is the next weapon that can be used by the Commission if Microsoft fails to deliver in time. The shared protocols are needed to make it easier for rivals to build alternative server systems that can easily work in a Windows environment.

Microsoft is appealing the whole anti-trust judgement, and it expects to have a decision from the European court by next spring.

 

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