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Commission mulls more Microsoft fines

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Commission mulls more Microsoft fines


Two years after imposing a record fine on software giant Microsoft, the European Commission says it will decide next month whether to add up to two-million-euro daily fines to that, if it judges the American company has not adequately met fair competition demands.

In March, Brussels told the firm it was still out of compliance with EU rules. The two sides stated their cases in the European Court of Justice. In appeal, Microsoft said it had bent over backwards to comply, but that the 2004 ruling forced it to offer products that no one had touched: a version of its operating system with the media player stripped out.

Microsoft was also ordered to provide codes to allow rivals’ technology to interoperate with its own.

A Commission review concluded Microsoft’s documents maximized volume but minimized useful information.

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