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European Commission to Microsoft:give us interoperability info by Nov. 23 or else

November 16, 2006

The European Commission is threatening to fine Microsoft the equivalent of $3.8 million a day if it doesn't provide interoperability info about Windows by a week from today.

The goal is to compel Microsoft to license tech documentation for Windows that would let some of its competitors develop server software programs that work with Windows.

Microsoft had originally resisted, but now the feeling on the part of the EU is they have been dragging their feet.

"The commission expects the remaining omissions and deficiencies in the technical documentation to be remedied by Nov. 23 so that by the end of November the entire set of technical documentation will be available for potential licensees to review," the commission said.

In a statement quoted by the IDG News Service, the European Commission's Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes told the Guardian newspaper that "I am not impressed if someone says 90% of the information is already there when we need 100%. It's a jigsaw, and some parts are missing.... In my opinion, this information should have been here a couple of months ago."

Microsoft says they are working toward that goal, and have "a team of 300 people" on it.

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