EU Commission: Microsoft Offer Inadequate

Microsoft Corp.'s latest offer to comply with sanctions imposed by the European Commission is insufficient to meet the concerns of customers and consumers, a Commission spokesman said on Friday. "On the basis of market test results, we have serious doubts that Microsoft is complying with the interoperability remedy," EU competition spokesman Jonathan Todd said.

Microsoft said it had given proposals to the Commission starting as long ago as May that deal with the "nuanced and complex" issues and that it was fully committed to complying with the decision. The Commission's concern focuses on one of the of two remedies that it imposed on the U.S. software giant a year ago, along with a record 497 million euro ($667.6 million) fine. The Commission found the company abused its dominant market position to compete unfairly against rivals, including in the market for servers used in offices to operate printers and file access—the so-called interoperability issue.

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