Feeds

EC raps MS over interoperability - again

Not keeping its promises

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The European Commission (EC) has accused Microsoft of not properly complying with the sanctions laid out as part of its anti-trust ruling in 2004, particularly on the question of interoperability.

It says the software giant is not making it easy enough for companies who want to take a licence for Microsoft's data protocols to access the necessary documentation; that the licences are too extensive, covering unwanted items; that the terms and conditions of the license mean some open source developers can't take advantage of the protocols; and finally that the royalties demanded are too high.

An EC spokesman told the BBC: "On the basis of market test results, we have serious doubts that Microsoft is complying with the interoperability remedy...It would appear that the level of royalties applied would be unjustified."

Microsoft issued a statement saying that the company remains "fully committed to complying with the Commission’s decision".

"The issues are complex and nuanced. As the Commission itself has noted, in large part, each of them revolve around striking the appropriate balance between the need to preserve the legitimate private interests of Microsoft with the public interests of the Commission," the statement went on.

The company added that it was grateful to receive the results of the Commission's market testing, so that it could "respond promptly and in an appropriate way" to work through the issues raised. ®

Related stories

Opera to MS: Get real about interoperability, Mr Gates
Are Microsoft's licences unfair to open-sourcerers?
MS loses Europe appeal, will ship WMP-free Windows version

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search
Microsoft system will be the default for browser in US until 2020
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
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.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.