Microsoft fined by EU Comission

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 13:55 | Posted in eu, it, Legal | 1 Comment
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BBC writes that Microsoft has been fined 280.5 million € by the EU Comission “for failing to comply with an anti-competition ruling”. EU ruled in 2004 that Microsoft must provide its rivals with information about Windows opsys to enable them to write software that would run smoothly under Windows.

EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes says:

I regret that, more than two years after the decision… Microsoft has still not put an end to its illegal conduct.

Windows is a major example of a closed system which tends to exclude rival software. Every Windows user must be familiar with “illegal function” error messages that are frequently received from the opsys because a software is just doing what it is supposed to do. But I still doubt if this fine will produce an operating system and applications that run without those irritating error messages.

Edit: AFP reports that Microsoft are going to continue their appeals to the European Court, according to general counsel Brad Smith:

We will ask the European courts to determine whether our compliance efforts have been sufficient and whether the commissions unprecedented fine is justified.

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