Microsoft Seeks Redemption: Submits New Documentation to EU

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Just weeks after the European Union (EU) levied them with a hefty 280.5 million Euro (or $357 million) antitrust fine, Microsoft appears to be getting its act together.

As discussed previously, the fine was issued because Microsoft refused to share information of its operating systems with foreign competitors. This was just one example of a rather infamous month or two for the Redmond-based company, which saw itself attacked in the media for a number of controversial decisions -- including its security program Windows Genuine Advantage.

This was not the first time Microsoft has been found guilty of antitrust practices. In 2004, the European Union smacked Microsoft with an even harder fine of 497 million Euros. At that time, some business insiders defended Microsoft, believing they had the right to deny its competitors inside information on how to effectively incorporate their operating systems and software. The same argument was made by Microsoft in this most recent decision, as well. (Source:

Despite its grumblings, Microsoft is desperately trying to save face across the pond. In an attempt to redeem itself with Europeans, Microsoft has submitted 2,600 new and critical documents to the EU's Commission.

The recent measures taken by Microsoft, in the words of a company representative, "further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to reaching full compliance with the Commission's decision of March 2004." (Source:

Microsoft will have to hope the new documentation satisfies the EU's Commission, who still have the power to levy further fines.

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