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Saturday, July 08, 2006

EU Commissioner States Computer Business Microsoft Will Face Fines for Breaking Anti-Trust Laws

On July 6 in Berlin, the European Union’s Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes stated she did not see any way computer business Microsoft would not be fined for breaking the EU’s strict anti-trust laws. When asked directly about Microsoft’s failure to obey a recent anti-trust decision, Kroes stated she saw no way the computer business mogul could get out of paying a fine.

The European Commission reported that the software company was taking advantage of the dominance of its Windows operating system in the computer business and in March 2004, ordered it to offer more details about the operating system to competitors so they could create other software that would be more compatible. Since this time, and since no detailed information was ever provided by Microsoft to its rivals, the EU has charged the company with stalling the process of giving over the information.

An EU committee ruled on July 3rd that Microsoft has exhibited a genuine failure to follow the original order, a misstep that could cost the company up to $2.56 million a day until accurate and useful information is provided. Microsoft still asserts it complied with the Commission’s instructions and that any sort of fine would be unfair.

Blogged By: Joshua Feinberg