EU vs. Microsoft ruling due next month

— 12:12 AM on June 7, 2006

Yahoo News reports that a ruling from the European Commission regarding its antitrust battle with Microsoft is expected between July 3 and July 19. As a result of a 2004 antitrust ruling against Microsoft, the Commission demanded that the company share trade secrets with competitors in order to allow better integration of third-party software with Windows. However, the Commission believes Microsoft did not successfully comply with this demand; in March, the Commission stated that the documentation provided by Microsoft was "wholly inadequate," "self-contradictory," and "devoted to obsolete functionality." If the Commission rules against Microsoft, the company could be forced to pay fines of up to €2 million ($2.6 million) per day starting from December 15. The fines would continue until Microsoft were deemed to have successfully fulfilled the Commission's demands by providing so-called "adequate" documentation.

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