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Old 25.12.2005, 12:36   #1
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Default Microsoft Documentation Fundamentally Flawed

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Microsoft faces new EU penalties
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Thursday 22 December 2005, 18:06 Makka Time, 15:06 GMT


The European Union has taken new legal steps against Microsoft to ensure better compliance with its 2004 antitrust ruling.


The decision on Thursday threatens fines of up to two million euros ($2.37 million) a day if the software giant does not meet the antitrust demands.
In response, Microsoft said that the EU Commission and a trustee monitoring the case had failed to take proposals it made last week fully into account before taking the action. It said that it would contest the measure under EU law.
The EU head office insists that Microsoft provide better documentation so its programs can be used with competitors' products. It gave Microsoft until 25 January to answer the complaint.
Neelie Kroes, the EU antitrust commissioner, said: "I have given Microsoft every opportunity to comply with its obligations. However, I have been left with no alternative other than to proceed via the formal route to ensure Microsoft's compliance."
Microsoft rejoinder
Microsoft said that its latest offer and its response to EU concerns should have been assessed first.
Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said in a statement: "In the interest of due process, we think it would have been reasonable for the commission and the trustee at least to read and review these new documents before criticising them as being insufficient."
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The report further stated that "the documentation appears to be fundamentally flawed in its conception, and in its level of explanation and detail. ... The documentation needs quite drastic overhaul before it could be considered workable".

The EU ordered Microsoft in March 2004 to pay 497 million euros ($613 million), share code with rivals and offer an unbundled version of Windows without the Media Player software for what it saw as an abuse of its dominant position in the industry.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exer...E3E76DC905.htm
I wonder what other dprts do they have on list for their next legal rows with MS?

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