Feeds

Microsoft meets EC judge

Informal meeting to suspend penalties

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

Microsoft is meeting Bo Vesterdorf , the judge of the Court of First Instance, today in an effort to get penalties against the software giant suspended until the full appeal is heard.

The Competition Commission temporarily suspended penalties at the end of June. Following the EC ruling Microsoft was supposed to pay a fine of €497m and offer a version of Windows without its Media Player. Judge Vesterdorf called the meeting to discuss scheduling a hearing for Microsoft's application, according to sources quoted by Reuters.

Microsoft wants all punishments suspended until the full appeal is heard - a process which could take up to three years. The EC says that the penalties, which it describes as "reasonable, balanced and necessary" would be irrelevant by then.

The meeting will also be attended by other interested parties.

The Free Software _Foundation_ Europe is backing the EC's action and attending today's hearing. It has hired Italian lawyer Carlo Piana to represent the interests of free software.

George Greve, president of FSFE, said: "We call on all businesses to support us in this struggle. Those who ignore that call today have to expect to have only one choice to buy storage and directory services from tomorrow."

UPDATED: Judge Vesterdorf ordered Microsoft back to court on 30 September to 1 October for an oral hearing on whether penalties against the firm should be dropped. Until then the EC has voluntarily suspended penalties. A Microsoft spokesman told Reuters the firm was looking forward to making its case in court.®

Related stories

EC suspends Microsoft sanctions
MS to request stay of EC ruling
US gov questions EC MS ruling

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine
Open source? In the government? Ha ha! What, wait ...?
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.