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Microsoft posts online its defence against EU charges

Microsoft Corp has posted online its formal response to European Union charges that it was failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust ruling.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 05:09 IST

Microsoft Corp has posted online its formal response to European Union charges that it was failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust ruling.

Companies usually keep their defence secret but Microsoft spokesman Jack Evans said on Thursday the company decided to release the non-confidential version of the report because it has concerns that the entire regulatory process has not been transparent enough.

The document outlines some of the ways in which Microsoft argues that EU regulators have changed or not been clear about the expectations they have for the software giant, he said.

It offers further evidence that Microsoft is taking an increasingly critical tone in its dealings with the EU. Evans said the company believes it must highlight these issues publicly.

"We think that this is necessary to ensure that we get a fair hearing," Evans said.

Microsoft said the response filed on February 15 under threat of $ 2.38 million a day in fines lists the evidence that the software giant was in full compliance with the technical documentation EU regulators demanded in 2004 to help rival software firms develop products that worked with Windows servers.

It published a November 9 letter to Microsoft chief executive Steven Ballmer from EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes which says she was "somewhat disappointed" that both sides were still discussing compliance issues 10 months after a judge backed the EU sanctions.

On December 22, the EU claimed it had given Microsoft every opportunity to comply with its obligations but had been left with no alternative to formal charges.