EU Close to Fining Microsoft -- Again

Authorities in Brussels may demand $2.3 million daily from the software giant for failing to provide Windows protocols to competitors

Time appears to be running out for Microsoft (MSFT) in its long-running dispute with European Union authorities. The European Commission is close to formally deciding that Microsoft should be fined $2.3 million a day, retroactive to Dec. 15, for failing to give competitors information they need to create products that operate smoothly with Windows. What's more, the commission, increasingly impatient with Microsoft's response, could boost the fine to more than $6 million a day starting in July.

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