Microsoft posts defense against EU antitrust charges online

Microsoft took the unusual step Thursday of making public its formal response to European Union charges that it was failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust ruling.

The response, which companies usually keep confidential, was filed on Feb.

15 as the EU threatened the Redmond, Wash., software company with daily fines of $2.38 million.

Microsoft said it believed it was in full compliance with the technical documentation EU regulators had demanded in 2004 to help rival software firms develop products that worked with Windows servers.

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