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Microsoft meets Brussels deadline

Microsoft meets Brussels deadline

US software giant Microsoft says it has met a deadline for responding to a landmark European Union antitrust ruling against the firm. "We have submitted proposals and we are awaiting a response from the EU Commission," a spokesman said. Microsoft had been threatened with daily fines of $5m (£2.8m) if it failed to meet the 1 July deadline. In 2004, Brussels found Microsoft guilty of abusing its market dominance, and fined it 497m euros ($655m; £340m). Final plan The 2004 ruling focused on Microsoft's behaviour in two key markets: servers and media software. The European Commission told Microsoft that it would have to open up its core software systems to rivals, making it easier for them to build products which would work with its Windows operating system. It also ordered Microsoft to provide a version of Windows without its own Windows Media Player, to give rival software makers a chance to compete and computer makers the option to supply PCs with the media software of their own choosing. The EU has the power to fine Microsoft up to 5% of its daily global turnover for each day that the antitrust ruling is not applied to its satisfaction. The 1 June deadline was set for Microsoft to submit a final plan on how it would comply with the ruling. If unhappy with the initial response, the EU would have to send a formal notification to Microsoft, giving the company about 10 working days to respond. On Tuesday, an EU spokesman said antitrust regulators would probably make a decision on whether or not to hit Microsoft with fines by the end of July. Related news stories Microsoft approaches EU deadline

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