Microsoft seeks to delay reply to EU

Microsoft Corp is seeking a delay to replying to new issues raised by the European Commission with the U.S. software giant, a European Union soruce said on Tuesday. Microsoft has approached the Commission for a delay in its reply to a statement of objections issued in August, the source said. At that time the EU executive gave Microsoft a final chance to comment before it slaps fines and imposes remedies on the company. The Commission says that Microsoft abused the market dominance of its Windows operating system.

The company had no comment on the reports of the request for a delay, but earlier in Rome its European Chief Executive Officer Jean-Philippe Courtois had said the company wanted to take as much time as it could get to put together a reply.

"We expect to reply in the next few weeks or months," he told reporters at a conference in Rome on Tuesday. "This time frame is not exact...we are going to take as much time as we are allowed to take." The Commission says that Microsoft may have abused the dominance of the Windows operating system with its Media Player audiovisual software and its server software.

News source: Reuters.com

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