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February 2, 2006

Microsoft wants EU Data

The Washington Post is reporting that Microsoft has asked to see its file in the antitrust case pending in Europe.  The European Commission has threatened fines up to 2 million Euros back to December 15th over Microsoft's failure to share data with its competitors relating to server protocols.  Microsoft has until February 15th to comply. Microsoft contends that the information is necessary to the defense of its case.  The EU has said that 71 documents out of 100 contain company trade secrets and cannot be released.  EU spokesman Jonathan Todd was quoted as saying "They do not have the right to the business secrets of other companies. Microsoft is very attached, as you know, to business secrets, its own business secrets."  No word on whether Microsoft could get redacted copies of the confidential documents. 

In the meantime, the direct challenge to the Commission's original ruling will be held on April 24-28 in the European Court of First Instance.  That ruling required to offer a version of Windows without Media player in addition to sharing server code.  Microsoft complied with the Media player part of the ruling but subsequent news reports indicated that no one bought the package.  The Globe and Mail has more on it.

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