3/2/2006

Microsoft Alleges EU Colluded With Rivals

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:51 pm

Microsoft Corp. filed a formal complaint with EU antitrust regulators Thursday, alleging that the European Commission withheld documents and secretly colluded with rival companies shortly before the EU charged that Microsoft had not obeyed an earlier ruling.

The EU said it had no immediate comment on the content or admissibility of what it termed Microsoft’s “supplementary response” to the charges against the company. It said it would decide after a March 30 or 31 hearing if it would levy euro2 million ($2.4 million) in daily fines against the company for not doing enough to provide competitors with the information needed to make their software work with Microsoft servers.

Those charges were based on an independent report from computer science professor Neil Barrett, who said the technical information Microsoft had provided needed a drastic overhaul to make it workable. Barrett, currently a visiting professor at Cranfield University in Britain, is an expert in Internet crime and fraud and has advised the British government on computer cases involving everything from pedophiles to hackers.

In Thursday’s complaint, Microsoft said it believes EU officials had “inappropriate” contacts with Barrett and rival firms Sun Microsystems Inc., IBM Corp., Oracle Corp. and Novell Inc.

Source: AP

 

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