Microsoft Warns Employees of Likely Antitrust Fine

A recent e-mail update from a member of Microsoft's legal department indicates that Microsoft is bracing for a potential fine of $2.5 million per day.

Will Microsoft soon be charged $2.5 million a day for allegedly flouting the European Unions demand to provide documentation about Windows inner workings?

Microsoft officials are preparing for that scenario, according to an e-mail update from a member of Microsofts legal department.

The Microsoft-EU case will heat up during the next few weeks, starting on June 30, when Microsoft is set to deliver more of the networking-protocol information the European Commission stipulated that the company provide as part of its antitrust-compliance terms.

Microsoft is slated to deliver the sixth of seven installments of the required protocol documentation to the EC-appointed antitrust-oversight trustee.

A Microsoft legal spokesperson confirmed that Microsoft does intend to deliver the documentation on June 30, as promised. The company will provide the seventh and final protocol documentation installment on July 18, as outlined in the EC-Microsoft work plan schedule, the spokesperson said.

The European Commission is set to meet on July 3 to discuss with member countries what should be done next in the Microsoft matter. On July 10, the Commission is expected to rule on how much of an additional fine, if any, Microsoft should be required to pay for allegedly failing to comply with the antitrust conditions stipulated in 2004.

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