Regulators at the European Union (EU) said late last week that Microsoft met its Thursday deadline for providing an update to the technical information the EU required as part of the software company's antitrust case. The EU says it will now provide this documentation to Microsoft competitors that wish to license it and will determine whether it is "complete and accurate."
"The monitoring trustee will test the documentation in order to verify its accuracy," an EU spokesperson said. "The commission will decide in due course whether or not Microsoft is in compliance with the obligation to provide complete and accurate technical documentation taking into account comments from the potential licensees and advice from the trustee." These potential licensees include IBM, Novell, Sun Microsystems, and other companies.
The EU fined Microsoft $357 million in July 2006 for failing to provide an acceptable version of this documentation. Previous submissions were woefully inadequate, according to the EU, and included various omissions and inaccuracies. The documentation was originally due in July 2004, about two and a half years ago.
According to Microsoft, the documentation includes more than 100 documents totaling about 8500 pages of text. The company says it will continue to work closely with the EU to ensure that it's complying with its antitrust requirements.