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EU: Microsoft Not in Compliance With 2004 Antitrust Order


The European Commission says it wants U.S.-software giant Microsoft to provide missing documentation to comply with a 2004 antitrust order by next week.

The European Union fined Microsoft $633 million in 2004 and ordered the company to give its rivals the technical information necessary for their programs to operate smoothly on computers using Microsoft's Windows operating system.

The commission said Wednesday that Microsoft has until November 23 to provide the missing documentation to ensure that the material will be available to potential licensees by the end of the month.

In July of this year, EU regulators again fined Microsoft $357 million for continuing to not share programming codes with its rivals.

Microsoft has previously said it has hundreds of people working full time to comply with the EU's orders, and that any additional fines are unjustified.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.