EU Regulators Support Fining Microsoft

In a major step toward new penalties against Microsoft Corp., Europes antitrust regulators voted unanimously Monday in favor of fining the worlds largest software company for flouting a 2004 ruling, two people close to the case said.

The regulators backed EU plans to penalize the company but did not discuss the amount of the fine - which they will do at another meeting next week, according to the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because no formal decision has been reached.

The European Commission threatened in December to levy daily fines of up to 2 million euros ($2.5 million) against Microsoft for not complying with an order to supply rivals with "complete and accurate" information to help them develop software that works smoothly with Microsofts Windows operating system.

News source: Forbes

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