Microsoft Meets EU Deadline

The software giant hands in data required by a 2004 antitrust ruling. Now the EU has to test it.
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Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report has met a key deadline for complying with a European Union antitrust ruling, according to media reports.

EU regulators said the software giant has handed in data about its Windows operating system that would allow rival software makers to make their products work with Windows, according to the

Associated Press

.

The EU had set a Thursday deadline for the information and will now test it to make sure it complies with the 2004 antitrust ruling. The

AP

quoted an EU spokesman saying testing will likely take months.

The EU fined Microsoft 280.5 million euros ($357 million) in July, saying the company had failed to comply with the 2004 ruling, which found that Microsoft had abused its dominant position in the software industry by withholding data from rivals who made server software.

Last week EU regulators threatened to impose new fines of 3 million euros ($3.87 million) a day if Microsoft did not provide adequate data.

Microsoft shares finished Wednesday at $29.92.