|Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in EU Fines Hearing|
|Sabina Zawadski & Darren Ennis (email@example.com)|
Fri, 31 Mar 2006 13:14:17 -0600
By Sabina Zawadzki and Darren Ennis|
Microsoft's top lawyer said on Friday there had been a breakthrough in
"As I said in the hearing, I believe that we have had a breakthrough,"
The EU's executive, which accuses Microsoft of blocking competition by
"We will take into account what was said at the hearing and the
Smith gave little indication of why the company considered there had
Some rivals of Microsoft said they had heard nothing new from the
Thomas Vinje, lawyer for the European Committee for Interoperable
Microsoft spent most of Thursday presenting its case.
The Commission, which acts as Europe's top antitrust body, found in
It fined Microsoft almost half a billion euros and ordered it to share
Despite 12,000 pages of documentation that Microsoft has submitted
Microsoft has previously said it has not only complied with the
The case has already raised some U.S. political concerns.
In a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday, the U.S. mission in Brussels
Microsoft has accused the Commission of denying it access to documents
Commission spokesman Todd played down the importance of the letter and
Microsoft is not without its supporters.
On Thursday, six companies including Norwegian digital broadcast
The Association for Competitive Technology, which represents more than
"As a software engineer with 12 years of experience ... I know that
"It is equally true that perfect documentation has never been
Microsoft has also offered parts of its vital source code for work
Independent legal analysts say it looks as if the Commission will
Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.
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