Microsoft appears to have gone some way towards avoiding a daily fine of $5m, by agreeing to release information on the inner workings of its operating systems on a royalty-free basis. The European Competition Commission has said it is happy with some of Microsoft’s proposals, but will still push for the company to open its protocols to open source developers.
The original ruling that Microsoft had abused its market position, back in March 2004, required the software giant to disclose complete and accurate interface documentation which would allow non-Microsoft work group servers to achieve full interoperability with Windows PCs and servers.
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