Computer industry insiders and analysts differ over the EU's impending fine/don't fine decision in the Microsoft anti-trust case, set for tomorrow.
CompTIA, a leading IT industry association, claims that the Microsoft case is just the beginning of needless EU intervention in the software industry. Analysts say that the threat of fines -- which may increase if Microsoft misses further compliance deadlines -- will have little impact until they are actually assessed.
Microsoft contends that its main goal is simply complying with the EU's directive for technical disclosure, and that fines would be unnecessary. Observers note that Microsoft openly snubbed compliance deadlines set by the EU after the 2004 ruling until the real possibility of fines loomed. Back in January, the U.S. Department of Justice complained that Redmond is moving slowly in providing compliance documentation in its anti-trust settlement in the States. Redmond blamed its EU woes.