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Thursday, November 16, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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EU says Microsoft hasn't supplied data

The Associated Press

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Microsoft still has not supplied the "complete and accurate" documentation necessary to comply with a 2004 antitrust order, European Union regulators said Wednesday.

They warned new fines could be imposed unless the world's biggest software maker supplies full information by Nov. 23.

The European Commission, which fined Microsoft $357 million in July for not providing the technical information, said it expects "the remaining omissions and deficiencies" to be remedied quickly. "Our patience is finite," said EU spokesman Jonathan Todd. "Until we have the whole set of documents, it's worth nothing."

Microsoft said it already had made "very significant progress" in improving the information given regulators that aims to help rivals make server software that works smoothly with the Windows operating system.

"We stand ready to do any additional work that is required to comply with the commission's decision," Microsoft said in a statement.

But the EU's executive arm said Microsoft hasn't done enough and that problems still exist with the technical manual that will be turned over to rivals to check before Microsoft can get the all-clear. The commission said it wants "the remaining omissions and deficiencies in the technical documentation to be remedied by Nov. 23" so that all the material will be available by the end of November for potential licensees to review.

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