TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Microsoft Hits Back at EU Threats

Microsoft Hits Back at EU Threats

BBC News Wire (
Wed, 15 Feb 2006 16:28:15 -0600

Microsoft has hit back at European Commission accusations that it has
not complied with demands to provide data relating to an
anti-competition case. It was given until Wednesday to prove it had
provided rivals with computer codes that would let them develop
products to work with Windows systems.

Microsoft said that Brussels ignored a 75-page report from the company
explaining and addressing the concerns. The company is facing daily
fines of 2m euros (1.4m; $2.4m).

"The Commission has ignored critical evidence in its haste to attack
the company's compliance," Microsoft said in a nine-paragraph

"Microsoft has complied fully with the technical documentation
requirements," it added.

'Detailed documents'

It went on to accuse the Commission of helping create the problems.

"The Commission repeatedly refused to clearly define its requirements
and concerns, despite repeated requests and accommodations by
Microsoft," it said.

Microsoft's problems date back to March 2004, when Brussels hit it
with a record 497m euro fine for abusing its dominant position.

As well as the fine, Microsoft was ordered to share technical data
that would allow rivals to make their programs compatible with
Microsoft's products.

The Commission complained in December that the company was dragging
its feet and not living up to its requirements.

Microsoft complained on Wednesday that that was not the case.

"Hundreds of Microsoft employees and contractors have worked for more
than 30,000 hours to create over 12,000 pages of detailed technical
documents," it said.

Microsoft has called for an oral hearing, that must be held before any
fines can be imposed.

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