U.S. Firms Using Documentation That EU Rejects

Ken-Hardin

Actual market conditions in the U.S. may be Microsoft's most valid argument against the 280.5 million (US $357 million) fine levied against it by the European Union.

 

As reported by IDG, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith says that a dozen or so U.S. companies are already shipping products based on the same interoperability documentation that the EU has ruled to be insufficient. Microsoft has long claimed that the EU's original requests are nebulous, and that it's operating in good faith to meet the EU's demands.

 

At this point, the EU commissioner in charge of the case seems unmoved about the two years of delays, but optimistic that Redmond is now taking the matter seriously -- after more than 750 million in fines.



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