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Microsoft Calls EU Threats of New Antitrust Fines Unjustified


Computer software giant Microsoft says the European Union's threat of huge daily fines against the company is completely unjustified.

Microsoft says it will contest the EU decision to impose fines on the American company for allegedly violating an antitrust ruling imposed last year. Company officials say they will seek a hearing, but the process could take months to organize.

EU officials said Thursday Microsoft had failed to provide technical details to competitors that would allow them to tailor their programs to Microsoft's Windows operating system. The officials gave Microsoft five weeks to comply with the order, or face a daily penalty of $2.3 million.

Microsoft says it submitted new documents on time, but EU authorities did not bother to read them. Microsoft also complained that the European Union frequently makes new demands of the company.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.