Software giant Microsoft is under pressure from Brussels, to reveal to its rivals free or nearly free of cost, the secret codes required for their products to work smoothly with Windows. According to a report in the British business daily financial Times, Microsoft will be forced to hand over to rivals what the US firm claims is sensitive and valuable technical information about its operating system.
The European Commission last month accused Microsoft of setting its price for licences too high —almost six percent of companies5; server revenues. In 2004, the European Commission ordered the firm to pay a record fine of almost half a billion euros for abuse of its dominant market position.
That load could grow heavier if Microsoft does not deliver. A few days ago, the Commission turned its attention over competition fairness to another market major – Apple. Brussels has warned the American consumer electronics corporation that its different pricing arrangements for online music sales will need to be harmonised to comply with single market rules.