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EU threatens Microsoft with heavy fines over antitrust non-compliance

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] announced Friday that Microsoft [corporate website] may be fined up to five percent of its daily turnover, nearly $5 million per day, unless it complies with last year's antitrust decisions [JURIST Hot Topic archive] against the software giant. Last month, Microsoft was denied a court action to suspend the EU sanctions [EU press release]. At that hearing, Microsoft agreed to offer a new, rival-software friendly version of the Windows operating system. It also agreed to share printer and server protocols with other hardware manufacturers. It his statement, EU spokesman Jonathan Todd noted, "We obviously expect the remedies to be complied with within a matter of weeks--measured from last December--rather than months." Microsoft is currently appealing the Commission's ruling against it to the EU's Court of First Instance [official website in English]. Reuters has more.

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