Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/03/22/ms-free_support_dissed/

EC rejects latest MS anti-trust spin


By John Oates

Posted in The Channel, 22nd March 2006 16:32 GMT

The European Commission has dismissed Microsoft's latest attempt to placate the regulators by offering free support to licensees signing up to see server code.

A statement from the EC criticises Microsoft for going to the press rather than giving them details. It says the issue of support is irrelevant because the documentation is not up to scratch. But it says Microsoft will have the chance to explain its latest offer in court at the end of the month. Prior to this offer companies got 500 hours of free support to help make sense of the code.

IDG has details of the Microsoft offer here.

We asked the European Commission what they thought of the offer and they sent us this statement: