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March 1, 2007

EU Threatens More Fines Against Microsoft

Microsoft and the EU are at it again, this time over the prices that Microsoft is charging "partners" for complete interoperability documentation for Windows on PCs and servers.  The European Commission rejected 1,500 pages of documentation submitted by Microsoft as a justification for the rates.  Neelie Kroes, the EU Competition Commissioner threatened $4 million in daily fines if Microsoft doesn't comply.

Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith complained that the Commission had a year and a half to consider the documentation, and the only response the company got was this development as a threat.  One great Smith quote from an ABC News article on the matter:  "You cannot reach an agreement if you are just talking to yourself."   That may be true, but Microsoft has a habit of trying to frame the reality when it comes to legal disputes.  The way the company deals with the European Commission has been no exception.  Microsoft has four weeks to respond to the EU.

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