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Microsoft posts EU antitrust defense as rival companies file new complaint

[JURIST] Microsoft [corporate website] Thursday made a symbolic response to a new antitrust complaint filed with the European Commission [official website] by IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and six other companies by taking the unusual step of posting online its full 78-page defense [text; press release] against a Commission complaint that it had not complied with a 2004 EC antitrust ruling mandating the production of technical data. In its response, filed February 15 [JURIST report], Microsoft accused the Commission of contributing to the problem by not clearly stating its "requirements and concerns" and by not reviewing previous documents submitted by Microsoft. AP has more.

Meanwhile a Microsoft spokesman dismissed the latest complaint to the European Commission by its rival, saying that it had anticipated the action and that the coalition of complainants under the banner of the European Committee for Interoperable Systems was simply a "front" for its business rivals. The New York Times has more.

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