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Microsoft facing European Commission's anti-trust sanctions

by Nikola Strahija on May 25th, 2005 Microsoft has been given a week to comply with the European Commission's anti-trust sanctions, or face being fined at a rate of $5m per day.

The ruling from March last year states that Microsoft must make a version of its operating system available without the Microsoft MediaPlayer software, and that it must open up its server software to rivals.

Although Microsoft has removed MediaPlayer from Windows, the EC is not convinced that the new version is technically up to standard. It also wants clarification on which of the company's protocols are covered by patents and how rivals will pay for access to the protocol information.

If the Commission is not satisfied with the proposal, it can start financial penalties in addition to the original €497m fine.

Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes told Reuters that if the deadline is not met, "then it's the end of the game. We made a deal that before the end of the month we would reach an agreement. We are waiting for the Microsoft people to do their work".

Microsoft said that it was continuing to work hard to reach an agreement on full compliance.

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